Scripture: Genesis 15:17
a smoking firepot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the pieces.
How do you know you can believe God when He says something? Isn't it possible for God to go back on His word just like people do?
In this story, God has Abram lay out animal carcasses on either side of a pathway and then, God passes through the middle of those carcasses. In ancient times, this would have been a way of sealing a very solemn contract. The one who passed through the carcasses would have been saying, "If I fail to hold up my end of the bargain, may I become like these carcasses, mutilated and torn in two."
But what do we know about God? Can God die? Can God become like those carcasses? No. Even when God the Son died on the cross, death couldn't hold Him. God is Life.
So, God is giving Abram a double assurance. "If I fail to keep My word, I'll die. But since I can't die, I can't fail to keep My word."
In the same way, we can trust that God will keep His word to us because God can't deny who He is. He can't break His own character. If God is Truth, God must be true. If God is Love, God must act out of love. If God is righteous, He must act righteously.
We can trust God because we know who He is and what His character is like.
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