But Abram said, “O Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” Gen 15:2 (NIV)
Men and Brethren,
Abram’s tone in the above text of the scriptures is probably familiar to those that have waited for substantial time before God grant their petitions. Abram had followed God on a journey for decades and as the promise tarried, his weariness became visible. Therefore, when God promised again to be his Reward, Abram asked God what He could offer as his successor beyond his head-servant.
While Abram upheld his confession of God’s sovereignty all through the difficult times, he also expressed genuinely his sense of insecurity about the future. However, as he maintained communication with God, he received comfort and admonition that Eliezer of Damascus would not be his heir but he would have a son who’d be his own flesh and blood (Gen 15:4). Without doubt, God identifies with our sickness of heart when hope is deferred but gives grace to abide and correct our wrong notions if we dialogue humbly with Him along the narrow path of life.
Abram, the father of faith was not exempted from trials; every believer will experience a test of their faith at one time or the other. During waiting periods, we’ll be drawn to otherwise irrelevant facts whilst the flesh screams for self-satisfaction. In spite of all these, let us avoid making decisions based only on the obvious “Eliezer of Damascus”. It may be detrimental to God’s ultimate purpose for us.
Are you disturbed over what God can offer after you’ve forsaken all to follow Him? Are you waiting on Him for personal consolation or burdened for nations? Continue to seek and rest on His word. It is an anchor that holds regardless of the rage of the storm. Knowing that while Abram hoped for a reward, God graciously offered Himself as the Reward, you can trust His unfailing love. Our God is righteous and ordinarily won’t abandon His promise unto His people.