Gen. 15:5,6 And he brought him 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.” And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
One of my earliest memories as a child was my mom reading to me from a children’s Bible story book. The only story I remember was the one about Abraham. I can still see the picture of Abraham in my mind. He was outside at night looking into the heavens and counting the stars. It’s funny that that story stands out to me. There must have been the story of David and Goliath in that little book or even the three Hebrew children and the fiery furnace. I don’t remember any of those stories from my children’s Bible, only the one about Abraham and the stars. The Lord was obviously sealing this story in my mind as a child. Why this story? It must be because of the awesome role awakening faith plays in our lives. Here is Martin Luther teaching about his favorite topic, the power of faith.
“With these words, “He believed God,” Paul shows us that faith in God is the highest worship, the greatest allegiance, the ultimate obedience, and the most pleasing sacrifice. Whoever has a way with words should expand on this topic. That person will discover that faith is all-powerful. Its power is immeasurable and infinite. Faith gives God the greatest honor anyone can give him. Giving God honor is believing him, considering him truthful, wise, righteous, merciful, and all-powerful. In short, it’s recognizing that he is the Creator and Giver of every good thing. Reason doesn’t do this; only faith does.”
So today, I am still counting the stars. I am grateful for all I have been privileged to be part of in my Christian journey but I still am a star counter. I think there is a great harvest to come, actually I know that there is. You see every time I count the stars I have an increasing expectancy, an expectancy that all of Abraham’s children are about to come home. Have you been outside at night lately? Give it a try, you may see some of Abraham’s children in those beautiful stars.