Then Abram said, ‘Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!’ And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, ‘This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.’ –Genesis 15:3-4
When God asked him to get out of his country, his family and his father’s house, it was into the covenant of blessings. The Lord promised to make him a great nation and make his name great. Everyone who blessed him was to be blessed and everyone who cursed him was to be cursed. In him all the families of the earth were to be blessed.
As Abram obeyed the voice of the Lord, he began to experience tremendous blessings. Soon, there was famine in the land and he went down to Egypt, but God kept him and his wife from harm. The Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house because he inadvertently took Abram’s wife. The Bible records that when he left Egypt he was very rich in livestock, in silver and in gold (Genesis 13:2).
Then came the separation between him and his nephew Lot. When three mighty kings captured Lot with his family and goods, Abram could muster enough army from his own household to defeat the three kings and rescue his nephew. He was so mindful of his source of wealth that he refused to take any share of the booty from the rescue operation.
In the midst of all these, however, there was a vacuum in Abram’s life. There was an aspect of the promise that was giving him sleepless nights. Several years after God promised to make him the father of many nations, he could not as much as boast of one child. It was therefore not surprising that when the Lord appeared to him in a vision, he could not hide his feelings. The Lord’s opening statement that he should not be afraid did not seem to mean anything. Even the promise of an exceedingly great reward did not assuage him.
Here he was, an old man by every standard. The possibility of impregnating a woman at that age was quite slim. The question, “Lord God, what will you give me, seeing I go childless…?” was an expression of his fears and frustrations. After all, if he ended up not having a child, all his possessions would go to Eliezer, a servant born in his own house.
The Lord’s reassurance was: “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” And indeed the Word of the Lord ultimately came to pass. Isaac, not Eliezer, was Abraham’s heir at the time of his death.
I perceive that like Abram someone is asking God right now, “What will you give me seeing that I go childless?” You have considered your age and circumstances, and are beginning to fret about God’s promise. You might have even started making alternative plans since it is beginning to look like the promise may never come to pass.
The Lord would have me assure you that His promise concerning you stands sure. Don’t give up! The unusual is about to happen. Remember, the Word that has gone out of His mouth will never return to Him void. He will accomplish that which concerns you. He will not leave you until he has done what he has spoken to you. Like Abraham, you will bring forth your Isaac at the right time, in Jesus’ name.
Perhaps you do not have a relationship with this God whose promise stands sure. I encourage you to start one right away (through His Son Jesus Christ) by praying this prayer:
Heavenly Father, I thank You for giving up Your Son Jesus Christ that I might have life. Today, I ask that You forgive my sins. I confess Jesus my Lord and personal Saviour. Thank You, Lord, for saving me. In Jesus’ name I have prayed. Amen.
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