We find Abram in the middle of things. Abram has already believed God. By the time we get here, he has heard God’s promises, We should be familiar with the middle of the things. Abram has moved from Ur to Canaan, from Canaan to Egypt, and has come back out of Egypt. He has faithfully responded to what God has put in front of him, to God’s wishes, and to God’s promises. And now he wants to know how this is all going to actually work.
This place in faith may be familiar to many of us. We’ve bought in, we’ve believed, we’ve even done some of the things that God has asked us to do. And then we’re waiting on God. When will the good (God) stuff happen? The prosperity, the happiness, the forgiveness, the healing, the restoration, the good stuff. When will it happen?
Been there? Then suddenly this story has more meaning that just being about some guy long ago who ends up being famous at church. Suddenly this story is relevant. What do we do in this space in between? What does Abram do? How long does it take us to get to the place Abram gets to? How do we make the journey to the promises of sands and stars when all we see is nothing?