15 After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” 2 But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” 4 Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
“After this” – Abram was a busy man, yet the cry of his heart, his unanswered prayer weighs heavy on his heart. I think so often we all feel like that. We have followed and done things for the Lord, and yet we hold these ‘cries in our heart’ for answers to our prayers. We cry out for what is not yet realised. However, God speaks to Abram and His God says to him – “Don’t be afraid”.
As I read this passage, I believe that this is the word for us today. DON’T BE AFRAID. God holds our future – when this becomes our realisation – we can rest in trust. God hears our prayers. We see The Lord speaks to Abram a promise, a vision of the future and a miraculous answer to his prayers. Abram is known as “God’s friend”.
Lord help us to continue to pray, believe and trust for answers to our prayers. May your truth rest on us and may each of us take to heart “don’t be afraid”. We thank you Lord that your love overcomes our fears.
Written by Ps. Sue Botta