Of Faith and Circumstances

2 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit 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 who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. Genesis 15:2-6

Quite a lot has been written about Abram and Sarai and their childlessness. The important part of this passage, mainly because it’s been noted prominently in Hebrews and Romans, is that Abram believed the Lord and it was accredited to him as righteousness.

Yesterday I wrote about the tiny steps of faith, but this seems to be a large step of faith. Only it isn’t. All along, the Lord has been building Abram’s faith. Did he ever dream he’d be a military victor? Even letting Lot make his choice of going towards Sodom had an element of faith to it.

Abram’s act of faith was believing God. It had little to do with his circumstances.

If we could only drill those truths into our heads.

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