Abraham Believes 

Abraham, Hagar, & Ishmael • Devotion #3: Abraham Believes
Wes McCullough | Production Director

“And behold, the word of the Lord came to him [Abraham]: ‘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.’ And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.” Genesis 15:4-6

When God told Abraham he would have more descendants than he could count, Abraham was childless and more than 75 years old. His wife was approaching 70, but he believed the promise of God without hesitation. That is pretty incredible. 

It is helpful to contrast this story to another found in Judges 6:36-40. Gideon, in seeking God’s favor in battle, asks that a wool fleece, left out overnight, be wet amongst dry ground. God does exactly that, but then Gideon curiously asks God the next day to keep the fleece dry amongst wet ground. God again provided the sign of His favor to Gideon in battle. There are many times in Scripture where people asked God for a specific sign to confirm their faith. Asking twice, as Gideon humbly did, strikes me as an instance where I expected God to be unhappy for being tested and untrusted.

Abraham was different. He received God’s promise and believed without question, without tangible confirmation. It is an inspiring and encouraging example of unconditional faith. The New Life translation says that Abraham’s unquestioning belief in this promise made him right with God” (Genesis 15:6 NCV). I find it so satisfying when people do the right thing as Abraham did in this case. In my book, it ranks close to the quality of David being a man after God’s heart (Acts 13:22). 

Looking back, God has always kept His promises. Sometimes they seemed impossible or took years to be fulfilled, but God always kept His word. If God tells you He will do something you should have no doubts, only patience.

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.” Hebrews 11:1-2.

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