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. - Genesis 15:5-6 (NLT)
Abram is getting old. He's in the desert, living in tents, surrounded by kings that rule from cities. He fears for the safety of his wife and servants. But, more than anything, Abram is concerned about his own legacy.
At some point every person begins to think about their life, its meaning and purpose, and what influence they've had and will continue to have on the world when they are gone. Abram knows that in his culture, to die without a son or a male heir would mean no legacy for him. All of his possessions and life's work would be inherited by a servant from Damascus.
In this moment of concern and fear, God enters the picture as a loving father with a perfect will. He first meets Abram in a vision and tells him not to be afraid, that he has not forgotten him, and that his reward for obedience will be great.
After talking with Abram, the LORD realizes he needs a little more encouragement and perhaps seeing a picture of what is to come will help more than just words. He is now physically present and walks Abram out of his tent, in the dark of night where you can see millions of stars in the heavens, and assures Abram that he will have as many descendants as there are stars.
I envision the Lord with his arm around Abram pointing to the sky, asking him to count the stars if he can. Abram all of sudden realizes that the God who created the stars they are looking at is the same God standing next to him, saying "trust me, I know what I'm doing." And in that moment, Abram believes.
Abram takes the LORD at His word and something amazing happens, the LORD counts him as righteous because of his faith. Not because of anything he did or will do but because in that moment he believed.
I'm not sure Abram fully comprehended or even knew what the LORD had just done because we continue to see him concerned about his legacy. But in that moment the LORD did something that would create a far greater legacy than land, material possessions, or providing a male heir. He counted Abram as righteous because of Abram's faith. and it is from this legacy of righteousness through faith that I have hope.
Hope that the same LORD who credited Abram with righteousness because of his faith, will also credit me with righteousness because of my faith in Him, the one who raised Jesus Christ from the dead (Romand 4:22-25).
That is a great legacy of belief in the LORD and one I want to pass on to those I love and lead.
LORD, thank you for your perfect will and for giving us hope to believe in. Holy Spirit, help me to trust in you each day, even when I am afraid, concerned, or experiencing doubt. Let me look for you to be my rock. Jesus, thank you for your sacrifice on the cross and for having faith that your father's will was the right path. Increase my faith when I struggle with His will and the path he has laid before me. Amen.
Questions To Consider
- Is there anything in your life or leadership that prevents you from trusting fully in the LORD?
- Are you creating an environment at work and at home where faith, trust, and hope are possible?
- Is there an experience in your life that keeps you from fully trusting in the LORD?
Make it a great day!