Read: Genesis 15:1-20
The LORD made a covenant with Abram that day and said, “I
have given this land to your descendants, all the way from
the border of Egypt to the great Euphrates River” ( Genesis
As I greeted my friend, I asked, “How are you?” She
immediately began to wipe away tears. Burdened with
loneliness, she had watched as countless younger friends
had married over the years—but she had not. As two more
were set to wed soon, she wondered why she remained
alone. Her heart’s desire remains, but as each year slips by,
her fears of growing old alone intensify.
I knew—as she does—that God is faithful, more than
sufficient, and always present. But simply to recount God’s
promises to her didn’t seem appropriate. I would go home
that night to a husband and children. I began to imagine life
from her vantage point. Although singleness is—like
marriage—a gift from God, my friend wanted to marry. So I
simply assured her of my love and God’s love—something
she truly needed to hear during our unexpected encounter
in the hallway.
Genesis 15 records a similar ache in the heart of one who
knew the frailty of his humanity. Carrying a God-given
desire to have a child, Abraham had heard God’s promise of
provision ( Genesis 12:2, Genesis 13:14-16), but as days
moved into weeks and then years, he asked, “O Sovereign
LORD, how can I be sure that I will actually possess
it?” ( Genesis 15:8).
Instead of answering Abraham with a timeline of events,
God responded with a sacred oath ( Hebrews 6:13-17).
Creating a covenant that no man could undo, He promised
to fulfill what had been promised to Abraham.
Each one of us will leave this earth with unmet longings
( Acts 7:5; Hebrews 11:8-10)—it’s the reality we face in an
imperfect world. This truth, however, remains: God keeps
His promises and answers our greatest longings with
Himself (Psalm 34:4-5; Ephesians 2:12-13).