By Joy Hulsey
Read today’s scripture: Genesis 15:1-6
Have you ever trusted someone to do what they said they would do, only to find yourself disappointed when the promise wasn’t kept? I believe that we have all felt that way at some point in our lives. I love this scripture because it depicts what it feels like to step out in faith and trust God. In this passage, God presents himself in a vision to Abram and creates a covenant with him. Let’s keep in mind that a covenant is a perpetual promise, literally meaning a contract between God and His people.
God’s first words to Abram are “Do Not Fear!”. Can you imagine? I have to admit that I would be startled to say the least. Before this chapter, Abram is struggling with self doubt and is riddled with fear. Having experienced these feelings myself, I find it comforting that the Lord came to him at this very vulnerable time. As the passage goes on, we read that God makes his promises known to Abram. The Lord describes Abram’s descendants in immeasurable numbers and Abram can’t seem to grasp what is being said to him. He begins to question what the Lord has said. God then uses the night sky as a visual representation to illustrate this promise to him. In doing so, Abram believes the Lord will be true to his word. The covenant is then sealed.
This trust that we are discussing here involves both believing in the Lord and believing in his Word. It’s trusting God’s promises when the time between seems to be impossible to bear. We see this transition in belief with Abram. We can all find peace in knowing that God keeps his promises as we eagerly await the return of our King, Jesus.