More than Stars
‘He took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” ~ Genesis 15:5.
It was dark. The sun had set. Another day was over. Sand dunes silently moved as the desert wind carried them. Inside his tent as Abraham sat wondering about being childless, God spoke in a vision promising him of a son. But Abraham wondered how? So God took Abraham on a nature walk. He brought him out of the tent and said ‘Look up at the heavens and count the stars—if indeed you can count them’. Why did God do this? And why look at stars? What’s in the stars?
Psalm 19:1-2 says, ‘The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge’. The Bible also says in Psalm 147:4, ‘He determines the number of the stars
and calls them each by name.’ The stars shining quietly in the desert sky spoke of God’s greatness, His wisdom, His knowledge. They spoke of the magnificence and wonder of God who created them. And God wanted Abraham to know this; to remind him that if God can determine the number of stars and call them each by name, was he not able to do the impossible – give him a child at his old age. God wanted to assure Abraham that He would keep His word.
That night was a different night. I believe that after that nature walk, every time Abraham looked up at the sky, the stars would remind Him of God’s promise, they would remind him of God Himself – Eternal and Unchanging!
‘Faithful One, so unchanging. Ageless One, you’re my rock of peace. Lord of all, I depend on You. I call out to You. You are my rock in times of trouble. You lift me up when I fall down. All through the storm your love is the anchor, my hope is in You alone!’
God is Eternal and Unchanging