And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD declared him righteous because of his faith. (Gen 15:6 )
Then, the very next sentence, God tells Abram that He’s going to give him the land they’re looking at/living in.
But Abram replied, "O Sovereign LORD, how can I be sure that you will give it to me?" (Gen 15:8)
Interesting how Abram believes about the son and descendants even though he’s an old man (something that must have seemed improbable if not impossible), but he can’t quite believe about the land (a place he’s already living in!).
Why is it that some major faith-builder happens in our lives, and we are so full of faith at that point that we can walk on water — and about ten minutes later, we forget what that faith-builder was (we get our eyes off God and onto the land we hope to possess or onto the stormy seas) and we suddenly need a sign from God to be sure that He will do what He already said He would do? And there we go, sinking like a brick!
I know. I know. I’m mixing Bible stories and/or metaphors. Still it’s true.
I think that’s why God asked His people to put up those markers throughout the Old Testament years. We need reminders all the time about what God has done in our lives. Sometimes we need the reminders of what He did as little as ten minutes ago. I try to note in journals those important times in my life, those lessons God teaches me, those times He carries me through, so that I can go back in my journals and see them. "Oh, I remember this, Lord. Look what You did for me then."
Still, even without those reminders, I want it said of me that Robin believed the LORD, and the LORD declared her righteous because of her faith. I want that to be said of me because, as Hebrews 11:6 tells me, without faith, it is impossible to please God. And I do so want to please my Sovereign Lord.
In the grip of His grace,