Counting Dust and Stars

starsChapters Covered: Genesis 11:27-15:21

“Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” – Genesis 15:6

As accounted in Hebrews 11, Abraham (then still Abram) is known to be a man of outstanding faith. In Genesis 12:1, when God told him to leave his country and his people to go to a land he’d never seen before, he obeyed without question. In Genesis 13, when the land could no longer support both Abram’s people and Lot’s, and their herders started to fight among themselves, Abram allowed Lot choose the well-watered plain when they separated without hesitation. He knew that whatever path he chose, God would be with him. And then God gave him this promise:

“I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.” – Genesis 13:16

(and He promised it again):

“Look up at the sky and count the stars–if indeed you can count them…so shall your offspring be.” – Genesis 15:5

During that time, this promise seemed impossible because Sarai, Abram’s wife, was barren. Abram was afraid that all he had would be inherited by a servant in his household, but once the Lord reminded him of this promise, Abram believed and did not doubt again. And we all know that God’s promise came to pass.

Sometimes, when God tells us to do something, or go somewhere, we let our present situation hinder us from obeying. We often forget that God won’t send out us out on a journey on our own.

God doesn’t give promises just for the sake of giving them. His promises are not just words of comfort to remember during hard times. We need to remember that the realization of these promises would happen only if, and when, we put the faith we profess into action and obey.

Let’s not be easily discouraged and put our faith in God–the One who has the ability to count the dust of the earth and stars in the sky. And yes, He made them too.