Quiet Time Coaching Episode 277

Would you like to learn more about faith? You’ve come to the right person. No, not me, Abraham. This is a daily devotional podcast supporting a teaching series for the Watford church of Christ and the Thames Valley churches of Christ called “Adventures in faith with Abraham”. It is also part of my quiet time coaching series.

What is it about Abraham which is so admirable? Many things. But perhaps above all else his adventurous faith, “By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8 NIV11)

Join me as we step out on a faith adventure with Abraham.

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Today we move further into chapter 15

“Now when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram; and behold, terror and great darkness fell upon him. God said to Abram, “Know for certain that your descendants will be strangers in a land that is not theirs, where they will be enslaved and oppressed four hundred years. “But I will also judge the nation whom they will serve, and afterward they will come out with many possessions. “As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you will be buried at a good old age. “Then in the fourth generation they will return here, for the iniquity of the Amorite is not yet complete.”” (Genesis 15:12–16 NAS95)

What are we seeing here? God graciously giving Abram what he needs.

The Word Biblical Commentary put it like this,

““The deep sleep,” “fear” and “darkness” all suggest awe-inspiring divine activity (cf. Gen 2:21; Isa 29:10; Exod 10:21, 22; 14:20; 15:16; 23:27; Deut 4:11; Josh 2:9) and are closely associated with the exodus and conquest, appropriately introducing the prophecy in the next verses”

Perhaps Abram falling asleep prefigures his death. Then, after his death, the Lord will walk amongst his descendants (Israel) taking them from slavery to the promised land. God is enacting a promise to Abraham to assure him that he will take care of his descendants and fulfil his promises to Abraham and them.

Devotional thought for today

Abram will not experience all the events God reveals to him. Some of those situations will be very unpleasant. Not all the information might be welcome. Yet, although the journey will be bumpy, the end will be glorious and filled with peace.

How do we find peace? By trusting in God’s shalom. Verse 15 is the first appearance of this word in scripture. How significant that it is connected with Abram.

The peace offered by God it’s not one we can conjure up for ourselves. Nor is it dependent on our circumstances. Remember, Abraham saw almost none of the promises come to fruition in his lifetime. Yet, he was able to die in peace because he knew his God was trustworthy.

The reason we can live a life of peace is because we know our God is trustworthy.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27 NIV11)

Prayer point for today

Ask God to help you trust him without reservation and grant you his peace

If you have any questions or feedback please contact me: malcolm@malcolmcox.org.

The apostle Paul said of Abraham, “He is the father of us all.” (Romans 4:16 NIV11) Let’s allow him to be the father of Faith to you and me in January and February 2021.

Many thanks for listening today. See you tomorrow as we continue our adventure of faith with Abraham.

Take care and God bless, Malcolm