Wednesday, August 7, 2019 by Rev. Ron Duvall
“… the LORD came to Abram in a vision, ‘Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.’ But Abram said, ‘O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless…?’” [Genesis 15:1-2]
This occasion is not the first time that God had promised Abram and Sarai (Abraham and Sarah, before God changed their names) a child, but it was the first time that Abram challenged God to make good on the promise. “You say I’ll have a great reward, huh?” Abram said, “But I have no heir. What good will it do me if I have no one to pass it on to except my servant!?”
I don’t think that God expects us to understand everything (or even a little) about God’s purpose for us – it would be an awfully small purpose if we could. And if God’s response to Abram’s outburst is any indication, God allows us to question and to vent our frustration. Following Abram’s little speech, God reaffirms the promise of a child, saying Abram’s descendants would equal the number of stars in the sky.
“And he believed the Lord (vs 6).” Abram, probably still a little hot under the collar, allowed himself to trust God and God’s promise, and we’re told that Abram received God’s stamp of approval for continuing to trust.
What promises are we waiting on for answers? Can we continue to trust even if the answers seem too long in coming? God allows us to scream our frustrations, to voice our despair, to ask, “When are you going to act?” God also grants us a stamp of approval as we trust in the meantime.
Faithful God, thank you for understanding us even when we cannot understand you. Thank you for allowing us to be honest with our feelings toward you. Help us to “keep the faith” and ultimately to rest in your trustworthiness. Amen