15:1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.”
—Genesis 15:1-6, 17-21
by: Tabatha Pethtel.
Although Abram was faithful and obedient to God, he was still a sinful man and needed some reassurance that all he was doing was not in vain. God saw this and made a covenant with Abram. When Abram saw the blazing torch move between the slain animals, he knew for sure that God would fulfill all He had promised. Are there times in our own lives when we wonder if God is going to fulfill the promises He has made to us? But He already has. God did not promise that your life would be easy, full of material riches, or even great health. He promised a new life in Him. Maybe we need to step back and look at what God has truly given us.