Standing On The Promises
“And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him (Abram), saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels (body) shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell (count) the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he (God) counted it to him (Abram) for righteousness.” Genesis 15:4-6
I am sure like me, you have heard someone tell you, “Just trust me.” Some, when they told you that, you immediately discredited due to their nature or your past experience with them. There are others who have proven themselves faithful, and you complied when they asked for your trust. Naturally, we have a mistrust of others due to our sin nature and the fallen world in which we live.
We used to go camping every summer when I was growing up, and I looked forward to it every year. We would escape the Phoenix heat for some temporary relief in Oak Creek Canyon. My parents had this excursion down to a science and they were master campers. We ate well on these camping trips, and I even remember my mom cooking tacos in the rain. When I was younger, the jobs asked of me were not much, and all I had to do was focus on fishing and fun. On the first day of camping, my dad would drive to a nearby mountain to get firewood and fresh water to last us a few days. The mountain was a few miles away from our campsite, and my dad always made this trip exciting.
My dad would go a spot on the mountain and locate some fallen trees and then the "fun" would begin. He would put the truck in reverse and floor it. My sister and I would brace ourselves as the truck hurried up the mountain. My dad enjoyed this time, but my sister and I wondered if we were going to make it back to the campsite. My dad would say to trust him and relax, but I am not sure that put our mind at ease. I will say my dad never crashed, but I was not 100% sure I could trust him.
There was a deep creek nearby and the water was ice cold. We would get into the water and cool off in the heat of the day. I knew how to swim a little bit, but was not confident to get into the deep end of the watering hole. I sat in the shallow end as the rest of the family enjoyed the eight foot depths of cold water. My dad told me to swim over to them, but I told him I was quite comfortable in the shallow end. He told me to swim to him, and he would make sure that I did not drown. I had flashbacks of him going up the mountain and I questioned if I could place my life in his hands. Finally, he offered me a bribe I could not turn down, and I swam towards him with all the belief in the world. I did not worry and I did not hesitate, and my dad waited for me with open arms as I swam to him. I was rewarded with a vanilla malt and my trust in my dad grew that day.
I should have just trusted my dad without the vanilla malt, but I feared sinking in the deep part of the water. Abram questioned God in the beginning as he had no son and it was not physically clear to him how God would give him an heir. We tend to want to see things before we believe them to be true, but that is not how it works with God. Hebrews 11:6 states, “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” We cannot say to God, "show me and maybe I will believe", but we have must faith like Abram did in these verses. Abram told God His concerns and God made a promise to him. Abram did not question the promise, incredible as it was, but simply believed and it was counted to him for righteous. I am put to shame by Abram’s belief as he is a godly example of belief in God.
Where are you today friend? Do you take God at His Word? Do you continue to question a Holy God or do you believe what He says? Do you rest in the promises of God or do you stay up at night worrying about what might be? Do you realize the God who saved you, is the same one who is still in control? Do you have a personal relationship with Him? John 3:16 states, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” Will you believe on Him today? Will you believe in the promises He has given in His Word? May we stand on the promises of God and may we believe that He is who He says He is.
Stay in the fight!