(1) After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. (2) And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? (3) And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. (4) And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. (5)And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. (6) And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness. (Genesis 15:1-6 KJV)
This post today is to encourage those of you. Who finds themselves in a season of lack. Whether, its a financial lack, a lack of health in your body and mind. Even the lack of friendship and community. Whatever, your lack may be. When we read these verses it reminds me of the sovereignty of our Lord God. In verse one it tells us that after these things that the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision telling him to fear not for I am both your shield (protector) and your exceeding great reward. The Lord appeared to Abram after he had a great victory. If you go back to chapter 14 we see that God had given Abram victory in getting Lot back from captivity. He had also found favor with King Melchizedek. So, what caught my eye about the beginning of chapter 15 was the after these things. What stood out to me was as I mentioned earlier. Abram just had a great victory. Yet, when God appeared to him it was to bring him comfort. Hmmm, usually riding high on success. We wouldn’t think that this is when a person would need comfort, but truthfully its probably when we need it the most. As strange as it may seem. Some times victory and success can remind us of what we lack. Or what we long for. Here are some of the things that I learned. In these first six verses. The first being that the Lord appeared to Abram in a vision. Which means that God communicates with us through vision. That vision will never look like our current circumstances. How do I know, cause the first thing God did was speak to Abram’s fear and to remind him of the blessings that God had in store for him. God will speak to us in a vision to show us. That where we are currently. Is not where we will end up. As God told Abram Fear not, I am your shield and exceeding great reward. That promise was not just to Abram, but its also for us as believers. The Lord God is our shield. He is our great reward.
(2) And Abram said, Lord God, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus? (3) And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. (4) And, behold, the word of the Lord came unto him saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. (Genesis 15:2-4 KJV)
The second thing that these verses taught me was that we can have an honest conversation with God about where we are! Abram had an honest conversation with God about where he was and how he was feeling. Abram was basically saying. Lord, I know that you are/say that you are my great reward, but what can you give me seeing (knowing) that I am childless. What I do have is my servant Eliezer. Which we can sense that Abram feared that the blessings that the Lord was referring to would be brought forth through this servant. He reminded God a second time that. Lord, you have given me no seed. Here’s the beautiful thing that I learned about having an honest conversation with God. That is that God will reassure us of what he has spoken! In verse 4 it tells us that the word of the Lord came to him. First, God spoke to him in a vision. Now, he’s confirming that vision through his word. Confirmation of what God has shown us will often come through his word. Whether its the bible or even someone such as a prophet speaking it into our lives. Sidenote while I am speaking about prophets. A true prophet will exalt you in the Lord. They speak into your life either warning or something that God has already shown you. It will bear witness with what was already shown. In verse 4 God reassures Abram that Eliezer would not be his heir. That his heir would come through him. It will be his own seed. There is a difference between God blessing you directly and having that blessing come through someone else.
(5) And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, so shall thy seed be. (6) And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness. (Genesis 15: 5-6 KJV )
The third thing that this shows me. Is that God will show us the unimaginable. God spoke promise to the barren place in Abram’s life. Abram was a rich man. The Lord often blessed him with favor from men. Yet, in the area of having his own child. Abram was empty. Notice, that when God spoke to Abram. He didn’t speak to the rich areas of his life. No, God spoke promise to that barren place. When God speaks promise over our lives. He speaks it to the infertile places. He gives us a vision of plenty when we currently have lack. In Proverbs 29:18 it tells us that where there is no vision the people perish. Vision gives us something to hold on to. If a person has no vision he/she is more likely to settle in unfavorable circumstances. Verse 5 tells us that God brought Abram forth abroad and told him to look up and count the stars. That is how his seed will be. That’s the unimaginable. What God was showing Abram was even bigger than he could imagine. What God had spoken is bigger than what we can even imagine. Abram would have settled for just a son. Maybe some grandkids. God however, was speaking nations. The fourth thing that I learned in these scriptures was to look up towards heaven. God told Abram to look up. In other words look to God. To turn his focus away from his circumstances and to how it may look and look towards heaven. We find our strength when we look to God. Especially when the promise seem slow in coming. The last thing I learned is that believing in God’s promise is a choice. Verse 6 tells us that because Abram believed. That it was counted to him for righteousness. He could have easily chosen to walk in unbelief. To look at where he was currently and not where God was taking him. We too have a choice. We can choose to believe in the promise of God and have it counted unto us for righteousness or we can walk in disbelief. It really is a choice.
For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and it shall not lie: though it tarry wait for it; because it will surely come it will not tarry. ( Habakkuk 2:3 KJV)
The book of Habakkuk tells us that the vision is yet for an appointed time. Meaning its for a set time. When God spoke to Abram back in Genesis 12 and told him of this son (Isaac) the Lord knew that it would take twenty-five years for it to come to pass. Even if Abram didn’t. The promise eventually came to pass though. It spoke for it self. It was a long time in coming. Yet it came. I hope that this encourages you to keep standing steadfast in God’s promises. For he is not a man that he should lie. If he spoke it he will surely bring it to pass.