God’s Covenant With Abram
1 After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield,[a] your very great reward.[b]”
2 But Abram said, “Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit[c] my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”
4 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.” 5 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[d] be.”
6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
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.
K.J.V. Bible Text
God came to Abram in a vision. Although Abram had been promised that his offspring would be too great to count, he questioned the Lord because the Lord had not given him any children and he had no heir. Once again the Lord promised him that he would give him offspring in a number as great as the stars in the sky.
Abram believed the Lord.
This reminds me of how an impatient little child keeps asking their parent for a promised reward. The child thinks that all they long for should come at once. The parent knows that in good time the reward will be given. The Lord knows that Abram will receive all that was promised but Abram needs to be reassured and God does not ignore the pleas. He once again offers his promise and Abram believes.
God has made all of us promises as well and we too must be willing to wait for the promises to be fulfilled.
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