Last time when I shared the reason why ushers in a Christian wedding ceremony seat families and friends on either side of the auditorium, I didn't mention why God made the covenant with Abram. So let's look at the context of that story in this devotion.
It happens after Abram rescued his nephew Lot and his family from the four kings, (Genesis 14:12, NIV) and received the blessings from Melchizedek, who was the "priest of God Most High." God told him "not to be afraid," because He is Abram's "shield" and his "very great reward." (15:1) But Abram answered: "Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless...?" Then God showed him the stars and promised that his offsprings would be as numerous as the stars. Then the author of Genesis gave an important comment: "Abram believed the Lord, and he (God) credited it to him as righteousness." Though Abram believed the promise, he still asked God "how can I know...?" That's when God commanded Abram to bring the sacrificial animals and made a covenant with him.
So how does Abram's story relevant to us? There are several areas which we can be benefited from this passage. Maybe the best thing is for us to review them in a few consecutive devotion sessions. Let us then focus on the blessings God has prepared for His people this week. In Abram's case, God has prepared all His blessings, even before making the covenant with Abram. But that's not all, the blessings that God has for Abram was not for him only, but to all his descendants to come! Isn't this amazing! We have to realize that, though Abram is a special person whom God uses to bless all nations, God is preparing to bless the children and children's children of all His people. In Acts 16, after God opened the jail doors of the prison where Paul and Silas were enclosed, the jailer asked what must he do to be saved. Paul and Silas answered: "Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be asved—you and your household."
What God has prepared in His house always far exceeding our human imagination and expectation. The question is, are you willing to receive the fullness of what He has set aside for you? If you want to, follow Abram's example by asking, and He will give it to you. But remember, it is the free gift from God, so the content of the gift is not according to your will but His.
Have you ever ask for a gift from God, what did He give you in the end? Share with your devotional partner about the experience. Pray for each other that we will have the faith to ask for the blessings God has prepared for us.