A devotional thought from Halim Suh for “Abraham’s Covenant”
1 Thessalonians 5:24: “He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.”
2 Timothy 2:13: “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.”
Philippians 1:6: “I am sure of this, that He who started a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”
There is something special about our God and the relationship we have with Him. From the story of Abraham, we see that the nature of our relationship is not flippant or casual. God did not initiate a friendship or love affair with mankind.
God initiated a covenant.
When He passed through the torn bodies of the animals in the sight of Abraham (Gen. 15), He was making a promise that could not be broken. He did not ask man to pass through the animals with Him—the entire weight of the covenant was going to fall on God. We see from the verses above that God cannot be unfaithful because of the character of His deity. The Book of Malachi tells us that we are not consumed because God does not change (Mal. 3:6). He must keep His Word.
Pause and Reflect
• Did you know that if you are a child of faith, then God made this covenant with you also? How does it make you feel that God has been keeping this covenant for thousands of years?
• Why is it important that we were not asked to pass through the animals as well? How does that comfort you?
• How does God’s unchangeableness and faithfulness encourage you?