Reflection on Genesis 15:1-18



After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.”


The Lord promises Abram that he will have a great reward. But Abram is worried about his lack of heirs. The Lord promises that his descendants will be as numerous as the stars in the sky.

Abram then asks how he can know that God’s promise to give him land will come true. The Lord tells him to get a heifer, a goat, a ram, a turtledove and a pigeon. When the sun goes down a smoking firepot and a torch pass through the carcases, acting out a covenant ceremony. So the Lord solemnly promises to give land to Abram’s descendants.


Sometimes it is hard to see how God’s promises can possibly some to pass. We may feel inadequate to a task laid before us. Perhaps the promise we have been given seems impossible in any human means.

When God acted out the covenant ceremony, He was using the most solemn vow possible to say to Abram “You have my word. You will have both land and descendants.”

What seems impossible with man is always possible with God, who always keeps His promise.


Lord, I recognise that you always keep your promises. Help me to trust you in this. Amen.


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