Fully Committed

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Prepare to hear from the Lord by getting rid of anything that could distract you. Ask God to speak to you through His Word today.

How do you handle stress, anxiety, or fear? Circle all that apply.

Pray

Think about it constantly

Read Scripture

Focus on something else

Exercise

Ignore the stress

Rely on comforts

Talk with a wise friend

Stay busy

It’s easy to let fear and stress overwhelm us and take our eyes off God and His promises. That was even true of Abram.

Read Genesis 15:1-21 in your Bible. As you read, underline Abram’s responses that reveal his anxiety and fear.

“On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “I give this land to your offspring, from the brook of Egypt to the Euphrates River.”

—Genesis 15:18

Consider these questions:

How did God respond to Abram’s worries? Why was reaffirming His promises to Abram an appropriate response?

Take a closer look at verses 1-5 and 7. How did Abram respond? When have you responded to God like that? Why?

Review the definition of the word covenant. In what ways does this word describe God? Explain.

COVENANT n. – A formal and serious agreement or promise.

How did God show that He is a covenant God in these verses? Jot down a few ideas.

The Point

God is not distant, but desires to covenant with His people. He is fully committed to His plan and His people.

Respond

God is a covenant God because He is faithful to His promises, including redemption. Because He is a covenant God, we can trust Him.

God’s Word is full of promises. In your journal, jot down a few things you know God has promised in Scripture. Spend some time praising God for these truths and how He’s shown Himself to be faithful in them.

As believers, we share in Abraham’s covenant. For further study, read Galatians 3:6-7.

Behind the Story

One important part of sealing a covenant was sacrifice. The Hebrew expression for making a covenant literally means to cut a covenant. This may refer to the practice of cutting an animal in half and walking between its pieces seen in this passage.1

 

1Martin H. Manser, “Covenants, Nature of,” Dictionary of Bible Themes, [cited 19 April 2014]. Available from the Internet: https://www.BibleGateway.com


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