Day 7 - Stars in the Heavens
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. (Genesis 15:5-6)
That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. (Romans 4:16-21)
God is always faithful to His promise. His promises are trustworthy and reliable and God has the power to keep them. Abraham believed in a God who “gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist”. What a mighty God we serve – the God of creation and resurrection! Worship Him for His power and faithfulness today.
Have you ever seen the stars at night? Here in light-polluted Singapore, bright stars are not a common sight for us. But on a clear Middle Eastern night Abraham would have beheld a sky dusted and dotted with stars as far as the eye can see. And so it would be, God promised, with Abraham’s offspring. God makes an impossible promise to a childless old man as far back as Genesis 12. But as time passed by and nothing changed until God repeated His promise again in Genesis 15, Abraham must have doubted if God’s promise would come true. Yet the Bible says that Abraham believed the LORD.
Did that kind of faith come easy for Abraham? Romans 4 tells us that Abraham “considered his own body which was as good as dead”. Abraham was a logical man, just like you and me. Yet thinking about the facts of his circumstance did not make him waver. Instead, he grew in faith, believing that God would keep His promise because of His character. Abraham trusted that the God who was his shield and reward (c.f. Gen 15:1) would keep His promises. Today, as the church of Christ has grown and continues to grow — from Jerusalem to Singapore and beyond — we see God’s promise to Abraham is still coming true — just like stars in the heavens, too many to count.
- How have you experienced God’s faithfulness in your life, even when circumstances seem impossible? Thank God for what you have experienced.
- How can you, as a faith-descendant of Abraham, be a blessing to the world? Ask God to help you be a blessing.
Our heavenly Father, we marvel at Your faithfulness. I confess that sometimes the circumstances seem impossible, and I am prone to losing heart. You are my shield and reward and You keep Your promises! As Abraham’s offspring, help me live by faith daily, and be a blessing to those around me. In Christ’s name, Amen.
- The churches in Singapore, that we will be faithful and persevere in the Great Commission.
- Many in GBC to be involved in discipling relationships that result in life transformation and change.
- The work of local seminaries and Bible colleges, that they will raise up ministers for the gospel.