Today's Scripture Reading: Genesis 12:1-4 & Genesis 15
In this passage, Abram is not given any details of his destination. He is merely given a command to go. It is only in this “going” that Abram will receive the blessing promised him. As Abram went, God began fulfilling his promise to bless the nations.
But God’s timing is mysterious. Ten years pass between Genesis 12 and 15 and Abram still had no heir. He had experienced God’s care and protection from his enemies, but no child had been born. Naturally, Abram was beginning to question and wonder if God would keep his promises. In that moment of questioning, God comes to him to provide “HOPE.”
Genesis 15:5-6, “And he brought him outside and said, ‘Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.”
Abram believed the Lord even though he had no children nor hope of having any. Though he had waited a decade for a child, he still believed God could make his offspring as numerous as the sky. God credits him with a legacy based on the “rightness” of his faith.
In this Christmas season may our “HOPE” be built on the faithfulness of our Lord. May our faith be that of Abram’s – based on the belief that God has kept his promise and provides for us a Savior – His only Son, Jesus Christ. Jesus’ words ring true this season for us – “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”