For when God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and I will surely multiply you.” And so, having patiently waited, he obtained the promise.
Hebrews 6:13-15 NASB
“By Myself I have sworn, declares the Lord, because you have done this thing and have not withheld your son, your only son, indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”
Genesis 22:16-18 NASB
The promise? God would greatly multiply Abraham’s descendants as the stars of heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore. This was promised before Abraham had any children of His own. (Genesis 15:1-5) and because of his belief, God reckoned it to him as righteousness (Genesis15:6).
Why did God bless him? Because he obeyed.
How much trust did it take to believe God would give Abraham a son in his old age? But even more so, how much did Abraham trust the promise of God when God told him to sacrifice his only offspring?
I think about this in my own life. How much do I trust God when I am in the midst of despair – and believe me, Abraham was in the midst of despair – and I can’t see the outcome? Do I truly trust Him that He is with me and won’t leave me? That He will see me through this “crisis” to the end? I also wonder how much of God’s glory I miss because I am not fully trusting that He has a plan. I think of Job who believed and trusted God. We never know the end result until we walk through it. I want to walk there believing and trusting in God, my Lord. I’m waiting for God’s promises to be fulfilled.
🌹I have set the Lord continually before me; Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
Psalm 16:8 NASB
Continually Seeking Him,