Count The Stars If You Can

Genesis 15:1-7

Some time later, the Lord spoke to Abram in a vision and said to him, “Do not be afraid, Abram, for I will protect you, and your reward will be great.”

But Abram replied, “O Sovereign Lord, what good are all your blessings when I don’t even have a son? Since you’ve given me no children, Eliezer of Damascus, a servant in my household, will inherit all my wealth. You have given me no descendants of my own, so one of my servants will be my heir.”

Then the Lord said to him, “No, your servant will not be your heir, for you will have a son of your own who will be your heir.” 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!”

And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.

Then the Lord told him, “I am the Lord who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land as your possession.”

In the story of Abraham we see an incredible journey of faith and intimacy with God, and also a beautiful foreshadowing of the Son and Heir that is Jesus in the journey of Abraham’s patience for Isaac. Just as the nation of Israel would wait in groaning expectation for the coming of the Messiah, so Abraham, generations earlier, would wait in aching faithfulness for the coming of his heir. God called him out, revealed his identity to Abraham, and promised an inheritance of blessing. But what was the point when he had no son to inherit?


It was in the stretching of Abraham’s faith, over the years of barrenness and endurance, that the character and love of God was revealed. Abraham himself discovered reserves of strength he would never have unearthed without walking such an incredible journey. But in this beautiful scene we see God leading Abraham like a son out into the night, under the cover of the intimacy and beauty of the darkness, and direct his gaze toward the stars. This, he says to Abraham, represents the number of descendants that will proceed from the heir he was yet to see.

The amazing thing about all this is that we are both partners with Abraham in this promise as well as the evidence of the fulfilment of this promise. God was not only speaking of physical descendants but spiritual descendants, and not only of the seed that would come from Abraham’s son, but the seed that would come from the true Son and Heir, Jesus Christ.


Look up into the night sky. This is the abundance of God’s promise to you. It is also the evidence, through you, that God is a keeper of his promises and his words always prove true.

1 reply
  1. Oliver
    Oliver says:

    A question arises from the scripture. Why? Answered in reflection, thoughtfully. Leading into night, cosmic grandeur, and our limitless Father. Should the prayer be in first person?


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