I’ve been writing on Jacob for awhile now, which includes Abraham. Here’s an excerpt:
He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness…
But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, how can I know that I will gain possession of it?” So the Lord said to him, “Bring me a heifer, a goat and a ram, each three years old, along with a dove and a young pigeon.” Abram brought all these to him, cut them in two and arranged the halves opposite each other; the birds, however, he did not cut in half. Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away.
Genesis 15:5-6, 8-11
While an abstract story at first glance, this chapter is amazing!
God is taking the time to, once again, promise Abram that yes, he will have offspring and His promises will be fulfilled. They began conversing while the stars were out, so it must’ve been either early morning or sometime during the night, but later in the chapter it talks of the sun setting and darkness falling, meaning this was over the course of at least 12 hours if not longer.
God had Abram offer a sacrifice, but then he was to wait. Vultures do not arrive immediately. Vultures love decay – the smell is what draws them in. Abram had to sit and wait for God to arrive – long enough for the stench of dead animals to begin to rise and vultures to descend. If that wasn’t bad enough, nightmares ensued as soon as night returned.
Then – and only then – did God appear. After the hard work of slaying multiple animals and laying them out in the desert sun. After the stench of decay and the chasing of ugly birds. In the darkness. After the fear. He came. He did not forget.
Are you waiting for a promise from God? Hang in there. Chase those vultures. Cling to your hope that God is on His way! And He will come filled with hope and promise – but He may not come until nightfall. Hang on.