GENESIS 15:6 "And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness."
Abraham was worried because he did not have a son. He was a wealthy man with much land, herds, material goods and servants. But the one thing he lacked was someone to leave it all to. According to the custom of that time, Abraham and Sarah would have to adopt a servant and he would then become their heir. The desire to have a son had taken away all of Abraham's joy of life. God did not want Abraham to worry. God wants to give us our hearts desire, but He wants us to desire Him first. He told Abraham in verse one to "Fear not" that He was his protector and reward. God wanted to keep Abraham safe and to make him happy. Isn't that what every loving Father wants for his children? He also told Abraham not to worry about adopting a servant, that he would soon have a child of his own. He showed Abraham the stars and told him he would have so many descendants he wouldn't be able to count them.
ABRAHAM BELIEVED GOD
Verse six says that Abraham believed in the Lord and it was counted as
righteousness. God counted Abraham as righteous simply because he believed. All believers
are considered righteous, just as Abraham was. It was his faith that was counted to him for
righteousness! Not his works! God reminded Abraham in verse 7 why He brought him to this place
in his life: "to give thee this land to inherit it." Abraham asked God for a sign. It is not
wrong to ask God for a sign but be careful; do not ask for a sign for something trivial and
thus tempt the Lord!
"12 And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and, lo, an horror of great darkness fell upon him. 13 And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; 14 And also that nation, whom they shall serve, will I judge: and afterward shall they come out with great substance. 15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace; thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16 But in the fourth generation they shall come hither again: for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full. 17 And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces."
A deep sleep fell upon Abraham. Verse 12 calls it "an horror of great darkness."
This was no ordinary sleep. Abraham needed to know when he awoke that God had put him in a
trance in order to show Himself and confirm His promise. God tells Abraham in his vision that:
FOOD FOR THOUGHT
1) Why do you think God counted Abraham as righteous?
Do you believe God would count you as being righteous?
I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS ON THESE QUESTIONS.
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