Birds of Prey
Genesis 12:1 God promised Abraham when he was 75 that He would make him the father of many nations. So Abraham left his country to do what God asked him to do.
In Genesis 15 God made a covenant with Abram regarding his heirs. He promised Abram a son, and that he would have descendants as numerous as the stars. Abram asked God, “How shall I know this will happen?” In other words, pinky promise? Prove it to me, God. Show me! Are you sure?
Isn’t that just like us? God gives us a word or a promise and our minds start thinking of how it can’t happen or how hard it would be or that it would take a miracle for that to happen. Remember God does not lie! If He promised it, it will happen! You can take it to the bank.
God tells Abram to offer a sacrifice to Him to seal the covenant. So Abram follows God’s specific sacrificial instructions. All is going well until verse 11 “when the birds of prey swooped down upon the carcasses, Abram drove them away.”
Now isn’t that just like Satan? God gives us a promise. We are taking it to the bank; we’re sealing it in our hearts, believing that God is going to come through for us. It’s going to happen! Then out of nowhere the nasty birds of prey swoop down & try to steal or ravage the promise? They want to sneak in and keep coming back again & again to pick bits & pieces until the promise is devoured and nothing is left but bones.
Abram was having a moment with God, sealing the Covenant with Him & at this holy, life-changing time, the birds of prey swoop in to steal his sacrifice, his promise.
Can’t you just see Abram out there with his heifer, goat, ram, turtledoves & a pigeon offering them to God & all of these birds swooping down trying to eat this holy sacrifice, holy promise?
The bible says he drove them away.
Do you think he shooo’d them? Now I can see him flapping his arms, yelling, jumping at them, and trying to keep them from the sacrifice. Yelling as we would in the south…”git on outta here’!
He had vultures trying to eat the sacrifice he was offering to God to seal God’s promise. What do you think he did? He yelled, he stomped, he protected. He was serious. God had just told him to seal this covenant with this sacrifice!
When we obey God we can expect the vultures, the birds of prey, in our life to swoop in to try to pic our sacrifice to God apart bit by bit. They will come to try to steal the covenant that God has given us.
How many times has that happened? We’re moving along in our Christian walk, standing on the promises of God and then something happens that throws us off guard. Someone speaks against our promise? We doubt. We stop praying as we should. We don’t feed our spirits as we should. And some unexpected event, like birds of prey, shows up and throws us totally off.
This story tells me two things.
First, that I should be watchful because the enemy is out there walking about seeking whom he may devour.
1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) 8 Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.
He’s looking for promises that God has made to us to try his best to see to it that they do not come to pass (John 10:10).
John 10:10 (NLT) 10 The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life.
The enemy wants to keep us doubting God’s promises. From believing that what God says is true. He wants us to not have faith in what God has promised. He wants us to waver in our faith; be tossed about like on wave in the ocean (James 1:6).
But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind.
We must be watchful of the enemy, because he will send the birds of prey in to try to steal our promise.
Secondly, it tells me, like Abram, I have to be ready to protect the promise that God has given me. I can’t sit back & let the enemy pick my promise apart piece by piece until there is nothing left but bones. I must be willing to flap my arms, yell, & protect my promise from the birds of prey. I must be willing to hold on to & protect our promise at all cost.
I must know and be willing to declare the Words of God to protect my promise. I must be wise to not allow the appearance of circumstances make my faith waiver.
We must be watchful and diligent in our lives so that when God gives us a specific promise, we hold it and protect it until we see it fulfilled in our lives or the lives of our families or our churches or our communities. Our specific promises are ours alone. And no one can take them from us unless we let them, not even the birds of prey.
Remember your promise today…is it that you will be debt free? Is it that your children will be saved? Is it that you want a Godly husband or wife? Is it that you want to find your place and minister? Is it to see loved ones delivered? Is it that you will be healed? Is it that you will find a job? Is it that your family be protected? Is it you want to see a move of God in your church?
Whatever your promise from God is……do not let the birds of prey swoop in to steal what God has for you!
Who has a promise from God? Do you feel it far from you? Do you wonder when it’s going to happen?
Have you felt your promise has been attacked? Do you feel that Satan has sent birds of prey in to devour your promise? Well, Stand up and start flapping your arms and protect your promise. Protect what God has given you. No one will protect your promise like you can. Drive the enemy away from your promise.
It is yours. You must stand and declare that it is yours and that you will see it come to pass. God wants us to have our promises.
©Stephanie Thompson July 2011