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October 17, 2021 | Doug Sauder
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“I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.”—Genesis 15:7 (NKJV)
Genesis chapter fifteen is filled with God’s promises—critically important promises, most especially the one where Abram would inherit the land he was currently dwelling in as a foreigner.
This territory was known as Canaan in Abram’s day. It would eventually be known as the Promised Land, which we also know to be modern-day Israel. Although the promise of this parcel of land was very specific to Abram and his descendants, it has aspects that apply to every Christian.
For starters, notice how God begins this vow by reminding Abram, “I am the Lord.” When it comes to God’s promises, we need to remember that He is always greater than the thing pledged. Our belief can stumble if we focus first on what He says He will do. After all, God promises some incredible things, things that are often beyond the realm of natural ability and capability.
A loved-one’s salvation, the healing of a persistent disease, a seemingly irreconcilable issue . . . they may all seem bigger than what we naturally know and believe. That’s why our first focus must be on the Lord, because He’s bigger than any obstacle associated with His promises. Which is why God starts out by calling Abram’s attention to Himself, “I am the Lord.”
Notice that God also recounts Abram’s history here, “I brought you out of Ur.” This is significant because it’s a reminder that God not only knows our history, but He also places Himself squarely in it! The promises for tomorrow don’t come from an outsider. They come from the One who has been present through every yesterday. Our future has been scripted out by the same hand that has penned our past. Such sovereign continuity can only be encouraging to us!
Finally, see how very specific the Lord is here as He promises to give Abram, “this land.” It isn’t vague or abstract. And while many of God’s promises are general in nature, there are also those that are deliberately so. Why? Because His specific promises connect us with Him on a personal level, and He wants that. Just as a knowing parent blesses their children in individual ways, we have a heavenly Father who knows us by name and gives us promises accordingly.
When it comes to God’s promises in your life; remember, He is greater than what He has promised. Not only is He able to fulfill them, but they are a continuation of His faithfulness presiding over your life. And more than anything, His specific promises are intended to assure you in His personal understanding and love for you.
DIG: What three things do we notice about God’s promise to Abram here?
DISCOVER: What should we remember about God’s promises to us in light of this?
DO: Reflect on what God has promised to you and how these principles apply to His promises.
Pastor Dan Hickling serves our online community, also known as the Calvary Chapel Online Campus. He and his wife Becky have been married for 22 years and have two children, Lauren and Danny. Both Dan and Becky have been part of the CCFL church family for 22 years and have served in full time ministry for 20 of those years.