"In today’s readings, we see how God’s amazing promise to build a nation had become the source of emotional pain for Abram and Sarai. It seemed impossible! God knew Abram needed encouragement so he gave him a peek at the master plan. That master plan culminated in the birth of the Saviour—a descendant of Abram." (New Zealand's Rhema Radio)
...the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward."Abram (later Abraham) is bold as he confesses his doubts to God. He doesn't seem to fear that God will strike him down for saying "You have given me no children." Abram is honest in his dialogue with God. God gives him an answer and Abram believes it. God considered Abram righteous simply because he believed God.
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?" And Abram said, "You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir."
Then the word of the LORD came to him: "This man will not be your heir, but a son coming from your own body will be your heir." He took him outside and said, "Look up at the heavens and count the stars—if indeed you can count them." Then he said to him, "So shall your offspring be."
Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:1-6)
Later the apostle Paul writes this in his letter to the Romans.
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, "So shall your offspring be." Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah's womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why "it was credited to him as righteousness." The words "it was credited to him" were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification. (Romans 4:18-25)Believe. God has the power to do what he has promised. Simply look at the resurrection of Jesus. God has the power!
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