PATIENT AND GENTLE, GOD STRENGTHENS OUR FAITH
THROUGH HIS COVENANT WORD
A Sunday Message from Genesis 15:2-5
By Pastor Glem Melo
In Genesis 5:1 God promised Abram, “…your reward shall be very great.”
To that Abram responded with honest questions.
But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” (verses 2-3)
Instead of rebuking him, the Lord responded back with redoubled promises.
And behold, the word of the LORD came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” (4-5)
Our covenant Lord is patient and gentle to us when we struggle in the faith. He is mindful of our weaknesses and limitations. With mercy and grace He responds to our cries for constant reaffirmation. He ensures that we are not overcome by doubts and frustrations. Through His covenant word, He delivers us from despair. Through His covenant word, He strengthens and enables us to persevere in the life of faith.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, we live in better times than Abram’s. The Lord told the Jews in John 8:56, “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad.” By faith Abram looked forward to the coming of the Promised Messiah. But to us, Christ has already come, and the gospel of fulfillment is preached to us.
Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15)
For I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures (1 Corinthians 15:3-4)
Abram was assured of things to come. In contrast, we have in the New Testament the rock-solid proclamation of things that have already come. Through Christ’s life, death and resurrection, God’s promise and plan of salvation has been accomplished. By faith, we received His free gift of forgiveness and eternal life. In the life of faith, we enjoy His covenant care and protection. Looking forward to Christ’s second coming and our inheritance in Him, we endure all trials and adversities. Like Abram, we believe and persevere.
Brothers and sisters in Christ, rest confidently in the Lord that He will never fail to sustain and strengthen you. Be firm and unwavering in the faith that Christ shall return and give you the new heaven and new earth as your eternal reward. Endure. Persevere. To do so, constantly saturate yourself with our covenant God’s covenant word – the gospel of salvation, covenant care and guaranteed fulfillment in Christ.