Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Abram is Childless

1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

But Abram said, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”

And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”

And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
Genesis 15:1-6, NKJV

Abram is Childless

In Genesis 15 we begin to see into the very heart of Abram. He loves the wife God has given to him and he loves God Most High. However, there is one great grief in his life. Abram and Sarah have no children. 

In verse 1, the Lord God comes to Abram in a vision and says, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Yet God knew that though Abram rejoiced in this great God he served, there was still one thing that brought great grief to his life. 

So, Abram responded to the Lord, “Lord God, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” In other words, if Abram died that day, his servant, Eliezer of Damascus, would have inherited everything. Abram continued, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”

How did God respond to Abram?  “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” Then God took him outside and told him to look to the heavens and count the stars if he was able. God continued, “So shall your descendants be.”

Did Abram respond with another objection or concern? No. Abram believed in the Lord, and God accounted it to him for righteousness. The lesson here is that believing that God is God is not salvation, for the devils believe in God, but they are not saved. Abram responded in faith to God, with no objections. If God said that his descendants would be as the stars of the sky, then it was so!

We will find as we continue through the book of Genesis that Abram's belief will be sorely tested. And, like us, he will not always make the best decisions. 

So, what does it mean to be a Christian today? Can we just make a decision for Christ and then go on with our lives as though nothing has happened? No! Believing in Christ is more than just believing He exists and that God is real. Believing in Christ means a total change takes place in our lives. In the past, we lived according to the desires and pleasures of this world. But, as a believer in Christ, God now rules our hearts and our lives.

In our heart of hearts, we seek to live for and please God. That means we study His Word, are constant in our prayer to Him  for help and guidance. Everything we are and everything we hope to be is established in the Lord Jesus Christ. By the help of the Holy Spirit, God molds us and makes us so that we will become more and more like Him.

Our greatest affections are no longer anchored in this world. Instead, our greatest affections are owned by the Lord Jesus Christ. In Him, we live and move and have our being. Though we love the great blessings God has given to us on this earth, including our families and friends, our hearts are set on the life to come when we will live with the Lord Jesus Christ in heaven above forever.

May the Lord truly hasten the day!

God Bless You,
Linda
 

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