Then birds of prey came down on the carcasses, but Abram drove them away. Genesis 15:11
How often do we want to ask God straight out, “But God… HOW can I know?!” We know His promises and that He is faithful and true always, and we still say, “Yes God, BUT…” When Abram in Gen. 15:8 asked God the same question, the Lord responds in verse 9, “Bring me…” What is it we are clinging to instead of bringing it to God? We want to know before we step out, before we stay, BEFORE…. But maybe God wants us to bring it to Him first. That’s a sacrifice, that’s humbling, that’s scary, that’s trust.
Abram brought to God all that He asked for… then there was a waiting period, sure enough true to life, that’s when those birds of prey come down! Discouragement takes MANY forms but we can chose who’s voice we listen to, we can choose to stand firm and drive those pesky birds away like Abram did. After all, it’s not their audience we seek, its God’s.
If you stand firm, “know for certain…” just like the Lord said to Abram in Gen. 15:13-14, fulfilling His calling on your life most likely will not be easy, actually down right hard because it will be way beyond you. You will have to rely on Him and His energy every step of the way (Colossians 1:29). But afterward, it says in verse 14, “afterward they will come out with great possessions.” Those possession, the most valuable ones anyway, will be in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy (Matt. 6:20).
So when faced with birds of prey, pray. James 1:5 says, If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.
Independent read: Ephesians 2:10