Drive Them Away

“And when the fowls came down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.” Gen. 15:11

After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram…” (Gen. 15:1). After what things? After Abram had obeyed God and moved to Canaan (Gen. 12). After he had obeyed God and separated from worldly Lot (Gen. 13). After he had obeyed God and refused to let the world reward him (Gen. 14). The word of the Lord always comes to such men after such things.

“I am thy shield.” The shield is faith (Eph. 6:16) but since faith is merely that by which we lay hold on God, God himself is our shield.

“I am thy exceeding great reward.” God is not only our Rewarder (Heb. 11:6) but he himself is also our Reward, our portion forever.

God ordered a sacrifice and Abram prepared it. But notice that after all is on the altar, instead of visions there come vultures, buzzards instead of blessings! Did you expect something wonderful when you surrendered and instead you felt worse and the fowls of doubt and depression tried to steal away your offering?

Drive them off, stay by the altar, though it drains the blood from your lips and it seems useless. There may even come horror of great darkness but God will not overstrain you. He will send the vindication of his Word and give you the land he promised you. Fear not, only believe!

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