God Is Faithful

Now Abram was very rich in livestock, in silver, and in gold.
God Is Faithful
Here Moses mentions for the first time that Abraham was very rich and well supplied with gold and silver. This is comforting to exiles and strangers. For sometimes God is wont to pursue such a course and even in the midst of misfortunes to enrich His own with temporal goods. If there were perpetual struggles and perplexities when trials come, and no intervals of comfort, faith would be shaken. For this reason God sometimes allows us a breathing spell and assuages cares and misery with some comfort, just as we use a potion or spices to revive those who are exhausted by trouble or grief and to keep them from dying. We should keep this example in mind in our perils, that we may bear patiently the adversities facing us and wait for comfort in faith. God is faithful, and with the trial He provides also an escape (1 Corinthians 10:13). Of course, the real deliverance takes place only when we are rid of this flesh and leave this life. But prior to this perfect deliverance He often comforts our troubled hearts, granting also earthly advantages, which prove both that God does not forget His own and that the rewards of godliness are sure.
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