He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” Genesis 15:5
Abram (God later changed his name to Abraham), a descendant of Noah, grew up in an important city of the ancient world – he was probably well-educated. Even though God judged people quickly for sinning, most ignored him and continued to sin. Abram demonstrated his faith by his actions, but it was his belief in the Lord, not his actions alone that made him right with God. He trusted God and God made him this promise.
This meant leaving his home and friends and traveling to a new land where God promised to build a great nation from Abram’s family. He did as God asked, suffering through famine and hardships; many questions and concerns; always keeping God and his promise with him. He truly believed God’s promise – this trust made him right with God.
We, too, can learn from Abraham. We, too, must have that true faith, that trust, that relationship; confident that God is who he says he is and does what he says he will do. God created us and gives us all we have – our relationship with him is vital and gives us true purpose in life. Our actions alone will not be enough but when we have that true faith, our right actions will naturally follow.
Abraham’s faith and obedience made him the father of three religions – Judaism, Christianity and Islam- thus creating more descendants than can ever be counted.
Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, Let us never forget your unconditional love for each one of us – keep us alert and obedient. In Jesus’ name, Amen.