When God Makes A Promise

After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” 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.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:1-6 ESV)

God made a promise to Abraham in this passage. This promise pushed the verge of impossible. Abraham and Sarai were up in age and Abraham had no offspring. It would seem as if he never would. Abraham had settled with Eliezer to be his heir. Eliezer wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t the real thing: a son.

Discussion: Are there things in your life you have settle for but they aren’t the real thing? Have you searched for love and acceptance in things other than Christ?

Talking points: We can often find love and acceptance in things that are meaningless and don’t last. Sports, work, relationships, school, etc. We may hear it a thousand times, but we tend to continue to rely on those things to fill us. They will NEVER be the real thing. Christ’s love trumps all.

God’s promise to Abraham is that he would have a son. This seemed a little farfetched for Abraham. He is old. Sarai is old. It just doesn’t make sense. Just because it doesn’t make sense doesn’t mean God can’t do it. God promised him a son, and that’s what He would give Abraham.

Discussion: Is there a promise that God has made that seems farfetched for you? 

Talking points: Often times we believe that his grace couldn’t be extended to a wretch like me. I have done too many bad things, right? That kind of thinking is not thinking poorly of yourself, but trying to put a limit to an all-powerful, all-loving God. You are effectively saying that he isn’t powerful enough to forgive me. When God makes a promise, he follows through.