Relying on God’s Word

Relying on God’s Word

February 3

Read: GENESIS 15:1-6

Several years ago there was a television commercial that said, “When E.F. Hutton talks, people listen.” As a large stock brokerage firm, E.F. Hutton made lots of money for its investors. The message of the ad was that if you took the firm’s advice, it could make money for you too.

When the Lord speaks to us through his word, we need to stop and listen. Sometimes God says things that seem impossible. Abram and his wife, Sarai, were at an age when it seemed impossible for them to have children. Yet the Lord says to Abram that “a son coming from your own body will be your heir” (v. 4, NIV). And as we read in verse 6, Abram believed God. He was 100 years old when his son Isaac was born (Genesis 21:5).

Lord, teach us to trust your word even when what you are saying seems impossible at the time. AMEN.

About the Author

(1935–2020) Melvin Dillard Sr., along with his wife, Vergie, were the first African American commissioned missionaries in the Covenant. Commissioned in 1996, they served in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (then Zaire) for six months until they had to be evacuated amid violence. People Melvin led to the Lord trained to become long-term pastors and leaders in the Congo Covenant Church. He wrote the following devotionals for the Home Altar in March 2007.

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