“Believe In The LORD!”(Gen.15:1-6).
If you have never put on a shoe that pinched, you may dismiss as childish the cry of someone who complains that his shoe is pinching.
My father was adopted by his maternal uncle to become his heir. We are of patrilineal kinship. His uncle had no male child to succeed him.
In his own time my father himself must have been very worried when he retired from Cameroon Development Corperation(CDC) and came home without a male child. Then in his sixty’s and, or above I was born. What a sigh of relief he must have heaved!
The story of Abram’s childlessness is the story of many men. The story of at last having a son at old age has been the experience of many men and women.
In Africa like it was in Abrahamic times childlessness is a curse. You become an object of ridicule among your people; as if children are bought in the market. “Children are a gift from God…”
“…The word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.'” These words did not go down well with Abram. It is true that Abram was wealthy, but what was the value of such wealth if his inheritance was to pass on to Eliezer, a servant in his household. Abram voiced his pain to the LORD.
The LORD gave him this assurance: “…a son coming from your own body will be your heir…” So saying the LORD took him outside and asked him to look up to the heavens and count the stars – if indeed he could count them. Then the LORD told Abram, “So shall your offspring be.”
And here comes the interesting part where you and I come in: “Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness.”
There is a sense in which all who follow Christ Jesus are the new Israel and have become Abram’s heirs by adoption.
Today Abram is considered the “father of faith” because he believed in the words of the LORD.
When by faith we believe unquestionably in the Lord Jesus Christ God credits it to us as righteousness.
There is nothing the LORD cannot do for you. And with him it is never too late. His time is the right time and does not depend on our own timetable.
Therefore my friend, whatever you think the LORD has not given you now does not mean he has ignored you. It is either that he considers that what you want is not good for you, or it may be that it is not yet the right time. Faith must be complemented with patience. It will be, when it will be; or it will not be because it is not good for you. So in everything, keep the faith and give thanks, for it is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
Prayer of the week: Holy Spirit help me to be like Abram of old by believing in the words of the LORD. Amen!
Welcome to a new working day and week! Have a blessed day and week! Peace be with you!
Rev Babila Fochang.
“Arm Yourself With The Same Attitude Of Suffering In The Body…!”(I Pt.4:1-6).The emphasis of “Joy to the world…” at Christmas more often than not multiply