“And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide…” – Genesis 22:14
Abraham was undoubtedly someone who understood God’s promises. When God tested his heart regarding Isaac, Abraham’s faith was confirmed. This was not always the case in his life. In fact, out of fear, he lied twice about his marriage to Sarah. He put his trust in himself rather than God, and we have the privilege of seeing his imperfections for our instruction. This is encouraging as the Bible shows us all sides of the human experience, even among the Patriarchs of the faith.
After the death of his wife Sarah, Abraham sent a servant to find a wife for his son Isaac. During his discussion with this servant, Abraham misquotes the Lord and says that God gave the land of Canaan to his descendants (Gen. 24:7). What the Lord actually said to Abraham was, “for all the land you see I give to you and your descendants” (Gen. 13:15). It would make sense then that when Abraham goes to bury his wife Sarah, he calls himself a “foreigner and a visitor” among the land of Canaan even after God told him it was his inheritance. It is possible that Abraham did not fully see himself as a child of promise. Therefore, he did not receive all that was given to him by the Lord.
It is crucial for us to know the Word of the Lord and equally important not to misquote it because of how we may view ourselves personally. For the Christ-follower, do you remember that you are a child of promise? Your inheritance is eternity in heaven, have you fully received the knowledge of that gift? Are you living in anticipation of that fact?
For those who have never received Christ as Lord and Savior, do you perceive yourself as not worthy of saving? That is not how Jesus sees you. You too are a child of promise of a free gift, just like Abraham. But, to claim the promised inheritance, you must receive it. That can only be done by accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior, there is no other way. Receive that gift today by asking Jesus to be your Savior; claim the inheritance!