“Behold to me” vs. “Look to the stars”

Our lives are often fraught with trying situations. Impossible odds and formidable difficulties. Many times, God’s promises to us seem faint and distant in light of our present circumstances. Such was the situation Abram found himself in thousands of years ago.

Abram was faithfully serving God. God had promised Him that his descendants would be a great nation. There was however, an apparent wrench in the works, as it were. Abraham was old. His wife was old. They were past childbearing years. From a human’s perspective, it was impossible to have a child.

This situation is played out in the discourse found in Genesis 15:1-6. Abram is simply asking God about His promise. In Abram’s speech, he says, "Behold to me thou hast given no seed." It looks impossible, in fact, Abram even suggests that his steward be his heir. Think about that for a moment. Think of Abram’s situation. He’s old. It looks like it’s past time. Did he miss out? Did he mess up? Did he misunderstand? What’s going on? Why doesn’t he have a son? Has God forgotten?

Have you ever felt that way? Perhaps you applied for a job and didn’t get it. Or a relationship didn’t work out. Have you ever felt discouraged because of your "impossible" situations? I know I’ve felt that way many times. There is only one solution. You must go to God.

Just like Abram, we must take our eyes off our surroundings and fix them on our all-powerful God. In this account, Abram asks God for reassurance and God answers. God tells Abram that his heir will be his own son and then God pretty much tells him to take a walk.

After they had gone a little ways, God says, "Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be." That’s a pretty amazing promise for a childless man with a barren wife.

The next verse tells us that Abram believed God, and God reckoned Him righteous. I’d like to ask you a question. Is the Word enough for you? If you were Abram, would you simply believe God? Abram did. We don’t see any further conversation. God says it, and Abram believes it. That’s how our walk with God should be.

Do you believe the promises in God’s Word? Do you claim them as your own or have you forgotten His goodness? When we stray from God, we forget Him, and we forget His goodness. I would challenge you, stay close to God, trust in His Word. Remember how good of a God He is. He’s watching out for you, He’s taking care of you, and everything will be alright in the end. Don’t look down at the world around you, look to the stars, and remember his promises.

"But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." – Hebrews 11:6

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