Wednesday: 26th June, 2019
Reference text: Genesis 15:1-12,17-18
Genesis 15:3,5 See, you’ve given me no children, and now a mere house servant is going to get it all.” Then God took him outside and said, “Look at the sky. Count the stars. Can you do it? Count your descendants! You’re going to have a big family, Abram!”
For many reasons including a shortage of raw material, unexpected staffing challenges or even circumstances often beyond their control, companies can end up with a heavy backlog of production targets to meet. In such instances, one thing that can be expected is a cut back in the number of new contracts. Some companies may even go as far as completely refusing to take new contracts until a proportion of this backlog is cleared.
One would have expected something similar when it comes to promises because it would appear a good way to handle unfulfilled promises will be to not make any new ones. After all, old ones still have to be met. But God offers us another clear reason why He is not man and does not act like one.
When Abraham raised questions about the ‘promise of a son’ made to Him, God could have asked Him to hold on and wait for its fulfilment. But He rather goes ahead to make an even bigger promise: ‘Your descendants will number as the stars of Heaven’. You could compare the confidence behind God’s offer to that shown by a person who decides to drive blindfolded on a busy highway when questioned about why they seem to have one eye closed behind the wheel.
In a way, God sought to let Abraham in on a key fact: ‘if you think of me only as a promise maker, then let me promise you something bigger’. Abraham’s story overtime, however, reveals that God not only made promises; He fulfilled them all. Sweetheart, that is the image He wants us to have of him, to see Him not just as a promise maker, but as ‘a PROMISE KEEPER’ because that is who He is.