The Lord brought Abram outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
THOUGHTS TO PONDER
What does it feel like to be outside when there are lots of stars in the sky?
Why do you think God asks Abram to count the number of stars in the sky?
In our minds we know that God is BIG, but sometimes it’s very hard to understand what that means. It just doesn’t seem real. In today’s scripture reading, God makes a BIG BIG promise to Abram. He tells Abram, an old man who is deeply sad because he has no children, that he will indeed have many offspring (children and their descendants).
That’s a promise that is hard to understand—and believe. And God knows it. So he uses a word picture to help Abram imagine it!
That’s an example of the way that God and his promises work. Every promise is big and very good, but we have a hard time believing and trusting him. Instead, we wallow in unbelief because it seems easier and more real than hoping in the promise. So God has to step in and help us believe the way he had to help Abram believe in the Old Testament.
When you read the Bible, look to see how God makes promises, provides creative ways for us to understand them, and gives us the faith to believe them.