Devotions for February 6, 2018

GENESIS 15:1-6

The Lord’s Covenant Promise to Abram
15 Sometime later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”

2 But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. 3 You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.”

4 Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” 5 Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”

6 And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.

ABRAHAM’S FAITH

Up to this point, Abraham has obeyed God. He left the land God told him to leave, he went into the land where he was a foreigner. He was told to trust God and that God would bless him and that he would be a father of a great nation. However, in this moment we see that Abraham still faced doubts and uncertainties.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Why did God call Abraham righteous?

Q: What can we learn about God when He commanded Abraham’s faith, even though Abraham still had hard questions to ask?

Q: Having faith in God doesn’t mean we don’t have tough questions to ask, it means obedience to God in the faith of uncertainty. In what area do you need to choose obedience and faith even if there is uncertainty ahead?

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