December 24, 2020
Bible Reading: Genesis 15
Names of God – Adonai: The Lord
“After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward. And Abram said, Lord GOD, what wilt thou give me, seeing I go childless, and the steward of my house is this Eliezer of Damascus?” Genesis 15:1-2
In this chapter, we see God made a great covenant with Abram. By this point, Abram has followed God’s leading to the land He directed him. After the great victory God gave Abram to rescue Lot, He makes a covenant with Abram. He refers to God as Adonai: or Lord. This is particularly important because he is calling God his Master. Abram has followed and allowed God to lead him all along his journey. Abram knew what God was saying was impossible to Him, but it was possible for God. He did not have to, but God made a covenant or promise to Abram that He would give him a promised land for the many generations to come. Not knowing how God would make this possible, Abram trusted in his Master to do so.
At the point of Salvation, we trusted in Adonai: The Lord or Master. The one who should lead and direct our lives. The One we should love, serve, and obey willingly when He speaks to us. As Abram was obedient to God, He wanted to bless and direct his life. While it may not always make sense or the way we would want it. We should, also, obey our Lord and Master. We are reminded by Jesus on the Sermon of the Mount in Matthew 6:24, that a man cannot serve two masters. “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” We cannot simply serve ourselves for six days of the week and serve God on Sunday. He wants our full attention and obedience. Many Christians, unfortunately try this and end up being very miserable. If we are saved, our heart is bought by our Master by His own Son. Abram was able to recognize God as his Adonai and later found Him to be his El Shaddai: All-sufficient one who would natured and blessed him greatly. If we follow and obey our Lord or Master, we too can be greatly blessed and find true rest in our Lord and Savior. Let us be sure to trust, obey, serve, and follow our Lord Jesus every day!
David Fulp II