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Day by Day Devotional - Year 1 of 5
Devotional: January 24th
In rejecting the king of Sodom’s offer, Abram has lost nothing. On the contrary, the LORD appears to him and tells him, "I am . . . thy exceeding great reward." He does not say what He wants to give Him, but what He wants to be for him. Possessing the Giver is more than possessing His gifts. Abram’s faith lays hold of God’s promise that He makes to him of a heavenly seed. He gives "glory to God; being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform" (Romans 4:20-21). To believe God (and not only to believe in God) is sufficient to render him righteous (v. 6). This fundamental verse is quoted three times in the New Testament (Romans 4:3; Galatians 3:6; James 2:23).
Now that the LORD has promised this, the covenant must be sealed by sacrifices (vv. 9, 10). The death of Christ is the only way by which God can accomplish what He has promised. Birds of prey try to seize the pieces of animals; this is a picture of the efforts of Satan to rob us of some of the results of the death of Christ. But our faith, like Abram’s, must be strong enough to send him away.
The end of the chapter shows us that the man of God has now acquired a much wider view of the promised inheritance. This always happens to a man whose faith has been put to the test.
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