Do not be afraid Abram.
I am your shield, your very great reward.Genesis 15:1, NIV
Abram believed the LORD, and He credited to him as righteous.Genesis 15:6, NIV
Abram was not saved because of righteous living or obedience, but because he believed in God.
The only valid work is the work of faith.
“The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” – John 6:28, NIV
‘God said to Abram, “Know this: your descendants will live as outsiders in a land not theirs; they’ll be enslaved and beaten down for 400 years. Then I’ll punish their slave masters; your offspring will march out of there loaded with plunder. But not you; you’ll have a long and full life and die a good and peaceful death. Not until the fourth generation will your descendants return here; sin is still a thriving business among the Amorites.”Genesis 15:13-16 , MSG
God tells Abram everything that will happen to his descendants. He tells Abram that they will be slaves in a foreign land for four generations because the sins of the Amorites aren’t great enough yet for them to be destroyed. Had the Amorites been aware of this, would they have changed their ways?
God gives us the opportunity to get right by Him, he gives us plenty of chances to do so before He judges. Just like now, its been over 2,000 years since Jesus walked the earth, but we are still living in a time of grace because God is giving the opportunity for the world to turn back to Him. God is a merciful God.
It’s also important to note that although God removed the Israelites from the promised land many times, He never revoked is everlasting promise and always brought them back.
Sin removes us from God’s promise to us, but repentance brings us back.
In other words, God’s mind doesn’t change, but our actions determine how and when we receive His promise to us.