I’m reading a story, I’ve read a thousand times, in fact, I wrote a book on this subject. This time I see it. Why didn’t I see it before? Too immature? Too preoccupied with me? Maybe passing the half-century mark in age has finally taught me what is really important in life. Love, that elusive thing we all want, yet few seem to find. I know. Quit beating around the bush! What’s the love story? You might find the characters disappointing: one man, no woman, one God. This is not Romeo and Juliet.
The Lord came to Abram (this is before God changed his name to Abraham) in a vision and said, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” (Genesis 15:1) Did you hear what God said to this man? “I AM YOURS.” The King of kings, Lord of lords, giver of life, creator of all things seen and unseen gave himself to Abram as a reward. Jackpot! Could winning a billion dollars in the lottery be worth more?
Abram’s response brought my reading to an abrupt halt. “O Sovereign Lord, what can you give me…” (Genesis 15:2) God already gave Abram everything. Was Abram even listening? Instead, he obsessed about who would get his stuff after he died, because God had not given Sarai the son he promised.
Take courage. We are talking about the father of our faith.
How often have I sat in my prayer chair and told God what he can give me instead of being grateful for his love? More times than I can count and even want to remember. I’m thinking of moving my prayer chair outside where I can count stars and believe. Care to join me?