GOD’S COVENANT OF PROVISION
Later Abraham had an encounter with the Lord which confirmed his choice:
What we need is found in God Himself; He doesn’t send us ‘relief parcels’ from afar, He comes Himself. By receiving Him we receive our provision.
Abraham had two big needs: an heir to carry on his name, and land to pass on to future generations. Both were promised to him by the Lord, and we read that he responded with faith and it was ‘credited to him as righteousness’; but that believing was rooted in relationship – a totally foreign concept in the pagan world.
We believe, not on the basis of our circumstances or material evidence, but on the basis of what God has said; but we also believe because we know Him; the One who promised is faithful [Hebrews 10:23]. The answers to our needs are found in Him; and when He provides for us, He comes Himself.
In that encounter with God, Abraham received two graphic confirmations of provision. The first was in the fresh seeing of an ordinary natural phenomenon. Abraham had learned to hear the voice of the Lord; I’m sure he was not the only person star-gazing that particular night, but he might have been the only one who came away with a significant promise. And from that time onwards, every star-lit night would be a reminder that he had been pledged an enduring family line.
Our God is a covenant-making God. He has bound himself irrevocably to His people through the sacrifice of His son; the answers to all our needs are found in Him; let’s take the time to receive Him.
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