Sometime later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.” 5 Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” – Genesis 15:1,5
Why would Abram be afraid? Perhaps he feared revenge from the kings he had just defeated (14:15). God gave him two good reasons for courage: (1) He promised to protect Abram, and (2) he promised a great reward to Abram. When you fear what lies ahead, remember that God will stay with you through difficult times and that he has promised you great blessings.
Abram wasn’t promised wealth or fame; he already had that. Instead, God promised descendants like the stars in the sky or the grains of sand on the seashore (22:17), too numerous to count. To appreciate the vast number of stars scattered through the sky, you need to be, like Abram, away from any distractions. Or pick up a handful of sand and try to count the grains—it can’t be done! Just when Abram was despairing of ever having an heir, God promised descendants too numerous to imagine. God’s blessings are beyond our imaginations. (Life Applications Study Bible)
‘Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham, so that we who are believers might receive the promised Holy Spirit through faith.’ – Galatians 3:14
What an amazing Sunday in Church our Pastor Adain Jeffrey was on fire. His message “Look up and start counting” was truly inspirational. Every single day God reveals some new wisdom, Sunday again. What I did know is that God made a covenant with Abraham. What I did not realize or failed to see is that God, through Jesus has blessed us all with the same blessing he promised Abraham. The key is if we believe and have faith. (Galatians 3:14) Consider the words in verse 5. Then note the commentary. We now have a picture.
Let me elaborate on verse 1. As God promised Abraham protection, we are entitled to that protection as Christian as well. All we must have is faith. In the previous chapter of Genesis, it tells of Abraham saving Lot from the enemy. Abraham put himself out to save Lot. At that time there were many fights to ensure supremacy in a region. Obviously, Abraham was nervous over retaliation. God appears to him and promises protection. Again we are entitled to the same.
As I was meditating on this word, a question came to mind. When last have I stuck my head out for someone, gone out your way for that person, as Abraham did for Lot. We don’t fight wars today like back in the day. When last have you helped somebody in the daily wars or challenges of the world? Putting yourself out and even risking something. Firstly the Bible says, God will protect you and secondly the rewards will great. In other words, He will be by your side in your endeavours.
Lord, I thank you for your protection and daily rewards. In Jesus name, Amen.