Abraham Believed…

“And he (Abraham) believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness” (Gen. 15:6).

  וְהֶאֱמִן, בַּיהוָה; וַיַּחְשְׁבֶהָ לּוֹ, צְדָקָה

“And he believed,” in what? The word that God had spoken, “And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” 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” (Gen. 15:4-5).

This childless seventy-five(+\-) year old man would have a child with his wife Sarah. If I were writing this story, Isaac would have been born immediately; but God did not plan it that way. Abraham would have to wait years, make mistakes, and live beyond all hope of natural conception. It would have to be supernatural.

Abraham waited, 25 years (+/-). Not many of those 9,125 days were eventful. Perhaps the overwhelming majority of those days were, well, normal: wake up, work, see people, back to bed, and repeat.

Yet, because he waited, endured, stumbled, repented, was tried and refined by God, and obeyed, the promised son was born. This son, in whom the promised rested, would, in the fullness of time, bring forth the Son in whom the promise would be fulfilled, Yeshua/Jesus.

A man, Abraham, would build a family, a family would build a community, and the community would build a people: “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

The covenant people of God.

You, dear reader, are in the universe of stars that God promised to Abraham (Rev. 7:9); and as I’ve oft said, one day you and I will see God show Abraham, His friend, the fullness of His promise when He points, from upon the Throne, to the countless crowd, where you and I will be.

Days may seem to be unchanging, indistinguishable from those that came before, but in Him even the repetition has meaning.

When the Torah says that Abraham believed, it means that he hung his hope on God’s Word, His promise. He tried to help God fulfill His word, and in the Lord’s mercy those missteps did not disqualify Abraham from receiving what was promised.

Dear reader, God is faithful to His Word. As Paul tells us, every promise of God is wrapped up in His Son (II Cor. 1:20), the One who ushered in the Spirit of adoption bringing near a redeemed people to the Father, Who promised the unthinkable to a childless man: a sky full of children.

Is what you are believing for any more impossible?

Be faithful, put your heart and mind into action according to God’s Word. Live, and in the fullness of time, our faith will be made sight, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Heb. 11:1). Days will seem normal, perhaps even boring, but God works within the frame of our lives in supernatural ways.

Hold on. You are part of His legacy of faithfulness, past, present and future, “And if you are Messiah’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to promise” (Gal. 3:29).

Be well. Shalom.

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