Daily D – Genesis 15:6
Genesis 15:6 Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
The New International Version (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2011), Ge 15:6.
God tells Abram four things in the first five verses of this chapter.
1. You do not have to be afraid.
2. I am your shield.
3. I am your very great reward.
4. Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars in the sky.
“Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.”
“You do not have to be afraid.” There are, so I have been told, 365 other instances in the Bible where men and women, and us, are told not to be afraid. This equals one each day including Leap Year. Why were Abram and all those other Bible characters able to live fearlessly?
“I am your shield.” Nothing gets into our lives without passing through God’s defenses. As Dr. Jim Denison of the Denison Forum (denisonforum.org) likes to say, “God redeems all he allows.” Hard times are never the last word.
“I am your very great reward.” God’s abundant goodness would provide for Abram what he could not provide for himself.
“Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars in the sky.” Our Father in heaven is better to us than we would be to ourselves. God’s dreams for us are better than our dreams for ourselves. God’s plans for us are better than any purpose of our hearts.
God invited Abram to take a walk. Taking a walk with God always leads to adventure. It always leads to reward.
Trusting God no matter where you stand, no matter where you are bound, is the way of righteousness, the way of life.
Where are you in your journey today?
What are your best next steps?
How are you trusting and obeying God in this moment as it opens the way into what’s next?
I will trust God at all times as he leads the way into the special future he has planned for me.
Our Father, when I walk with you, I live confidently and securely. When I walk with you, you surround me, protect me, and defend me. When I walk with you, I experience your goodness and grace. When I walk with you, your blessings are greater than I can contain. I must share all you bring into my life. This is my delight and joy. Amen.
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Psalm 139:17, 18 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up, you are still with me!
2 Corinthians 5:1-5 For we know that when this earthly tent we live in is taken down (that is, when we die and leave this earthly body), we will have a house in heaven, an eternal body made for us by God himself and not by human hands. We grow weary in our present bodies, and we long to put on our heavenly bodies like new clothing. For we will put on heavenly bodies; we will not be spirits without bodies. While we live in these earthly bodies, we groan and sigh, but it’s not that we want to die and get rid of these bodies that clothe us. Rather, we want to put on our new bodies so that these dying bodies will be swallowed up by life. God himself has prepared us for this, and as a guarantee he has given us his Holy Spirit.
1 Corinthians 10:13 The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.