The story of Abraham is long and there are so many things we can talk about. This past Sunday we spent time in Genesis 15 studying God’s covenant with Abram. This particular story took place before God changed Abram’s name to Abraham. We find Abram in a moment of weakness. He has just saved Lot from the four kings and he rejected payment for the role he played because he wants them to know whatever he has was given to him by the Lord.
Despite all the Lord had just done through Abram, he still doubts the promise the Lord has made to him (to make him a great nation). It had been such a long time since Abram had left his home to journey to where the Lord was leading him. God protected and guided Abram and had blessed him greatly, yet Abram was missing the one thing he deeply desired, an heir from his own body.
In this story we see God reaffirming His promise to Abram through a covenant made and as a result the doubt that Abram experienced subsided. As we studied through this story we read about 3 important truths.
- Everyone has doubts. Even a man as faithful as Abraham had moments when he doubted the promises the Lord has for him. It isn’t abnormal to experience those doubts. But when Abraham experiences those doubts, he turns to the Lord to strengthen his faith.
- Only God can strengthen the faith inside us. It was not from some great moral fortitude or accomplishment that Abraham’s faith is solidified. His deepened faith comes from God. We cannot expect to develop a deep, intimate faith in God if we aren’t willing to spend time with Him and rely on Him to strengthen that faith. Mark 9:24 reminds us of this truth. “I believe, help my unbelief”
- Our God is patient… so we need to be patient too. Throughout the entire Bible we see promises that God has made us. We read them and ask God to fulfill them but we want them fulfilled NOW. The truth is, God has a plan and His plan is perfect. He always fulfills his promises, and we need to be patient while waiting on them! God’s plan is perfect and he fulfills his promise exactly when he means to, so find confidence in that truth!
In Genesis 12:3 we read “I will bless those who bless you and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” God made this promise to Abraham, and 2000 years later he fulfills this promise in Jesus. Understanding the Old Testament gives us a deeper appreciation for who Jesus is and why he came for us. So take heart in the promises of the Lord. Understand that His promises are always yes and amen regardless of when we want. His plan is perfect.
Talking points for your students:
- At the beginning of Chapter 15, what is Abram afraid of?
- What does fear tell us about our faith?
- What promise did God make to Abram?
- Does God ever not keep His promises? Why should we be encouraged by Genesis 12:3? How does Abram bless all the families on the earth?
As always, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions! Have a great week and find time to talk about Abraham with your students!