In our study of Genesis chapter fifteen, we will look at God's covenant with Abram and how it applies to our lives in Jesus Christ. Have you ever wondered why the so-called "Mideast Peace Process" fails every time? We will see the answer to this question as well as the question of whether you can lose your salvation or not.
"After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: 'Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.'" NIV translation
In chapter 14, we saw Abram turn down the spoils of his victory that were offered by the king of Sodom. Now, Abram has a vision from the Lord and is assured that God is in control and that He will give him much more than he turned down. This reminds us of the fact that we have choices every day but we often don't realize that there are three kinds of choices and not just two. We all know that there are good choices and bad choices based on their outcome but there are also best choices which align with God's will for our lives. We can settle for the good things or we can seek the will of God and make the best choices. Like Abram, when we make the best choices, God assures us that the rewards far surpass what we passed up.
"But Abram said, 'O Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?' And Abram said, 'You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.'" NIV translation
We often forget that, although Abram is the father of the faith, he was still just a man. Like us, he had questions and doubts at times and here we see that. His reaction to God's words are very human in that he basically says that you promised me a son so keep your promise. We see that Abram "got real" with God in voicing his fears and doubts. We, likewise can and should get real with God when we have questions in our faith. He already knows them so why should we keep them in?
"Then the word of the Lord came to him: 'This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir.' He took him outside and said, 'Look up at the heavens and count the stars - if indeed you can count them.' Then he said to him, 'So shall your offspring be.'" NIV translation
God answered Abram's question with words and a picture of the magnitude of His promise. God took him out in the night and promised that his children would be so many that men cannot count them. Like Abram, we can expect an answer when we give God our questions and concerns.