Promises Like Stars

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Stars are amazing! This past month I’ve taken trips to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area and Voyageur National Park (If you live in Minnesota, you know how blessed we are to have the amazing creation of many lakes in our backyard to camp on). I also went with some friends to watch the Perseid meteor shower earlier this week. While traveling I’ve seen many stars, too many to count.  God’s been reminding me of his great love and promises through these stars and His Word.

Let’s take a look at Genesis 15. Abram (Abraham) is in great distress because he his childless. Abram has no one to inherit his land except for a servant. But the Lord promises to give him a son. To prove His promise, the Lord says, 

“Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them. So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.” 
(Genesis 15:5-6 paraphrased)

Abram believed! He saw the stars and believed! The Amplified Bible puts verse 6 this way, “And he [Abram] believed in (trusted in, relied on, remained steadfast to) the Lord, and He counted it to him as righteousness (right standing with God).”

Look around in creation. Look up at the stars. God promises us, as Christians, everlasting life. If you turn your eyes heavenward, you will believe, trust, rely. We just have to have faith.

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. Hebrews 11: 1-3; 8-12 (NIV).

According to NASA, scientists can only estimate how many stars are in the universe. Through calculations they’ve come up with 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 stars! That’s crazy! A typical stargazer on a clear night can see several thousand of those stars. So when you’re looking in they sky, multiply the amount of stars you see by a crazy big number and you have God’s promise. 
Look up! Try to count the stars. Remember God’s Everlasting Promises. Reflect on our mighty God.

“He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.” (Psalm 147:4-5 NIV)