S.O.A.P. – “Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer”
Some time later, the LORD spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”
But Abram replied, “O Sovereign LORD, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.” Then the LORD said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.”
Then the LORD took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”
And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith.
Then the LORD told him, “I am the LORD who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as your possession.” Genesis 15:1-7 NLT
“Abraham believed God, and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.” The real children of Abraham, then, are those who put their faith in God.” Galatians 3:6-7 NLT
God does punish sin – but extends grace to sinners.
God’s promises are usually given through an individual, but they are intended to bless everyone. Can you imagine a world without Jesus and forgiven sinners working to love their neighbors?
If you have given your life to Jesus, YOU are one of the “descendants” this Scripture speaks about. What is God calling YOU to do today?
Lord, I am grateful that despite my sin, you have extended grace to me and made me a descendant of Abraham through faith in Jesus. You are so kind and patient, not wanting anyone to be separated from you for eternity. Use me to help people be reconciled to you!