“I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.

READING: Genesis 15: 1–6, Romans 4:18–22

Continuing our discussion on the promises God gave Abram, we arrive at  the promise to ‘bless’. This promise of blessing included a promise to make  Abram’s name great.  

But the promise was not without a condition. In order for the promise to  come to pass, it would require something from Abram. Belief. Sounds  simple but God’s promise to give Abram a son and as many descendants  as the stars in the heavens was made to a man of a hundred and his wife of  ninety - besides the fact that we were already told in Genesis 11: 30 that  Sarai was barren.  

Nevertheless, Abram believed. And his response brought an even greater  blessing – the blessing of God’s righteousness, given to Abram as a gift  because he believed.  


Lord I praise you because you are the only truly righteous one and  only you have the authority to declare someone righteous who puts  there trust in you. Thank you for making this provision to all who will  put there trust in you. I put my trust in you and ask that you will reveal  this your greatest gift to me.