Read: Genesis 15:1-21
Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” Genesis 15:5
Every time I read Genesis 15 it’s difficult not to focus on vs. 6…
“Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.”
The foundation of our faith is exactly that. Faith. Abram believed. He believed the Lord. And the Lord counted him as righteous. Faith is an overwhelming part of our Christian beliefs. The bible even says so in Hebrews 11:6,
“And without faith it is impossible to please God…”
But faith isn’t the crux of this text which is why I chose verse 5 as my focus verse. If you will keep an open mind as you read this next section, I would like to speculate a little and take some liberties on the conversation we see starting in verse 2 and going through verse 6…
God: Abram, don’t be afraid. I will protect you and greatly reward you.
Abram: But Lord, how can I count your reward as a blessing if I don’t have a son? If I don’t have someone of my own flesh and blood to pass Your blessings to? I am old. I am childless. And Your reward would be wasted on me.
God: My reward will not be wasted on you because you WILL have a son. A son of your own. Step outside with me. Do you see the stars?
God: Count them.
Abram: I can’t.
God: You can’t count them and yet, I MADE them and know each one by name. Do you understand what I Am capable of?
Abram: Yes, Lord. I see it above me.
God: Now…do you believe me when I say that you WILL have a son?
Abram: I believe.
It’s easy to have faith when we see how able our God is. Just “look at the stars.” Look at what God has already done in this world and in your life, and understand that He is capable of anything. Just as we read in Ephesians 3:20,
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory…” (my emphasis added).
Your greatest imagination can’t even comprehend the extent of God’s abilities. Faith comes naturally after we see and understand that.
Jesus. Help me to see past my circumstances; to see beyond what grabs me and pulls me down. Let my faith be founded in knowing You and all You are capable of. Open my eyes to see Your glory, Your wonder, and Your miracles. I believe in You. I trust in You today. In Jesus’ name, Amen.