It’s known as the Abrahamic Covenant. The promises of God found in Genesis 17. What a lucky guy huh!? Called by God in such a personal way. Protected by God (Gen. 12:3). Blessed by God (Gen. 12:2). Brought into a covenant relationship with God. When really he deserved none of it. It was all given to him! Every single bit – straight up handed to Abraham on a silver platter.
Devotional Scripture: Genesis 17:6-8; 15-21
Key Verse: “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places.” Ephesians 1:3
He had it pretty good – that guy. Prior to this speech from God, Abraham had been promised his name would be made great. A nation would come from him. His descendants would one day possess the land of Canaan as their own. And a son would be born from him. (As far as he knew that son was Ishmael. Because as far as we know God had yet to speak on the matter.)
Until now. When Ishmael was thirteen. And Abraham was fast approaching triple digits. When Abraham didn’t see any other way. When Sarah had lost all hope. Her body as good as dead. God spoke on the matter.
He came down (see v. 22). Adding more to the covenant he had already established with Abraham. Blessing upon blessing. And Abraham’s response – perfectly appropriate. He fell flat on his face. And I assume stayed that way while he listened to the most incredible promises:
“I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you” (v. 6). “I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring…for an everlasting covenant” (v.7). “I will give to you and to your offspring…the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession, and I will be their God” (v. 8). “As for Sarai your wife…Sarah [meaning princess] shall be her name…I will give you a son by her…she shall become nations; kings of peoples shall come from her” (v. 15-16).
Woweeee! What a lucky guy! Can you imagine God appearing to you with such brilliant promises?! The God of the Universe; the Creator; the King of all Kings making a covenant with you?! And to your offspring! How absolutely spectacular! Oh to be Abraham or at least an offspring of Abraham! Shrouded in God’s protection and promises. Forever! No wonder he was a man of faith. Right?
Lucky guy indeed.
But here’s the thing. You ready? Abraham’s not the only “lucky” one. If you are in Christ – you are an offspring of Abraham! “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Gal. 3:26, 29).
Yes you! In Christ – an offspring of Abraham! Heir of the promise. Co-heirs with Christ! Adopted as a son or daughter of God.
And get this. You too have been called by God (John 6:44). I know you have a story. Every believer in Christ does. Of how God called you into a real and personal relationship with him. We don’t come on our own. But he didn’t call you to saving faith just to leave you high and dry. You too are safe in the hands of God (John 6:39). You too have been invited into a covenant relationship with him forever (1 Cor. 11:25). You too have been given incredible promises (2 Peter 1:4). You too are blessed by God (Eph. 1:3).
Abraham may have had the privilege of talking with Christ but we have the privilege of abiding in Christ! (John 15:5) Abraham may have had the privilege of seeing Christ but we have the privilege of having Christ with us always to the end of the age! (Matthew 28:20)
We have the privilege of being the very temple of God (1 Cor. 3:16). The privilege of approaching the throne of God with confidence at any time with any concern (Heb. 4:16). The privilege of being part of a royal priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices to God through Christ (1 Peter 2:5). The privilege of having the same Spirit that raised Jesus from the dead dwell in us (Rom. 8:11). Sealing us for the day of redemption (Eph. 4:30). We have the privilege of an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading (1 Peter 1:4). The privilege of knowing, memorizing, absorbing an entire book filled with the very words of God (2 Timothy 3:16).
All this handed to us on a silver platter. Every single bit – straight up handed to us by grace through faith. Completely undeserved. Yet ours forever in Christ Jesus.
Sounds like we’re the “lucky” ones! (And by lucky I mean blessed, favored, fortunate – not something left to chance.)
So why so downcast o my soul? Why so sad? Lift up your eyes to Heaven and rejoice! The blessings we have in Christ are astounding! The guaranteed inheritance awaiting us is beyond all comparison (2 Corinthians 4:17). Ya some days are really hard. Some days are flat out exhausting. Some days I just want to go back to bed. Anyone with me? But really…really we’ve got it pretty good. No actually – in Christ we’ve got it really good.
Indeed I’d say Abraham isn’t the only lucky one. You are! Lift your head believer. Today may be hard. Tomorrow may be even harder but you are blessed. You are favored. You are fortunate. You are “lucky”.
Contemplate and Evaluate
Have you taken time to count your blessings recently? Praise God today for not only the tangible blessings but the spiritual ones as well.
How can focusing on the privileges we have in Christ give you encouragement for today?