The Lord God took Abram outside and said,
“Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.
Just so,” he added, “shall your descendants be.”
Abram put his faith in the LORD,
who credited it to him as an act of righteousness.
The first time I heard that Abraham was most likely– based on the later lines in Scripture– brought outside to count the stars during the day, it was a total game-changer. (See Genesis 15:12 “As the sun was about to set…”)
How many of us go to bed worrying if the sun will rise tomorrow? How many of us worry that the sun will never set? How many of us spend our time thinking the stars will burn out and we will never have those pin-pricks of light in our distance?
Most of us–even chronic worriers–don’t waste time worrying about these things. Why? Because we know we don’t have to!
Thousands of years ago, even Abraham knew that the stars were still there in the daytime, though he couldn’t see them. And Scripture tells us it was then that he “put his faith in the LORD.”
During this season of Lent, as we make sacrifices in an effort to change for the better, let us approach every act of sacrifice we make with faith like Abraham. Let us remember in our hearts that God–in His infinite love and mercy– is right here with us, keeping all the promises He’s kept with mankind throughout the ages. And let us rejoice together knowing that, in doing so, just like Abraham, our gracious God will count even these smallest of things we do, as acts of righteousness for us.
And if ever we doubt it, we need only remind ourselves by stepping outside in the afternoon and smiling at the heavens as we attempt to count the stars…if we are able.