When God brought Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldeans to sojourn in a foreign land, he was promised two things among others. First, his descendants would be, figuratively, as many as the stars in the heavens as shown in Genesis 15:1-6. Second, that his descendants would inherit the land God was showing him and was giving him in Genesis 15: 7-17.In both cases, Abraham questioned God for the evidence to support the promise. In the first instance, God showed him the stars, the splendor of His creation, telling Abraham to look up and if he could see and count them, so shall his descendants be. Abraham believed God on that account and it was counted to him as righteousness.
In the second instance, regarding the land, God took a step further to establish a covenant with Abraham reinforcing the promise. The fulfillment of these promises have been seen through the ages. In essence, God is believed for who He is, the Sovereign One, keeping His word and honoring His covenants as compared to the rampant uncertainty of human word. Faith in God is based on the certainty of both His person and His character, serving as the evidence. Thus, when God gives a word, it can be banked on.
January 21, 2019
“A wise man will hear and increase learning, and a man of understanding will attain counsel.” – Proverbs 1:5