You might already know this story. Abram (before he became Abraham, his name was Abram which means “exalted
father”) was promised with an offspring by God. But yet he remains childless with Sarai, his wife. “And so God brought him outside (so Abram must be in a tent or something) and said, ‘Look towards the heaven and count the stars if you are able to count them…So shall your descendants be.’ And he believed the Lord, and the Lord reckoned it to him as righteousness.” (see Gen 15:5-6)
What made Abram’s action to be “reckoned as righteousness” by the Lord?
When God brought Abram outside (of his tent), and said, “..count the stars..” we can easily assume that it’s night time. This is in verse 5, but if you read further up to verse 12 it says, “the sun was going down..” Then this must mean that the sun is up or it is high noon when God brought Abram outside.
If I were in Abram’s position, I would have said, “Are you kidding me? There’s no star! Not a single one.” But yet Abram understood God’s message. It is as if God is telling Abram, “Look at the stars Abram, they’re not visible this time, but know that they are there.”
Abram believed the Lord, and so God reckoned it to him as righteousness.
Is it also day time in your life when God is calling you to count the stars? Abram got hold of God’s message – have faith.
“Faith is to believe what you do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what you believed.” – St. Augustine
And so just like Abraham, God is demanding us to have the same faith. He did not yet saw the stars, but he knew they were there and he knew they are coming.