“Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.”
This post is part of the Abraham: Questing with God series. Abraham is a touchstone for us – the original pattern of faith. What’s possible in your life?
He is faithful to communicate His thoughts to us. God appeared to Abram (Abraham) again, reaffirming His promise … “Do not fear, Abram, I am a shield to you; Your reward shall be very great” (Genesis 15.1 NASB).
Abram was struggling – even striving – with the Promise. His life story to that point was not harmonizing with all that God had been saying to him.
God made another move.
And He took him outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” Then he believed in the Lord … (Genesis 15.5-6 NASB)
“He took him outside.” I’m finding the word “took” intriguing.
I see Abram’s tent as his limited perspective, his confining experience. Have you ever felt as if your vision and mindset were being closed in upon? There will be a time when God will take you from your “tent.” I’m not sure what that can mean for you or how He will unfold that in your journey, but I’m convinced that He will.
As Abram gazed into the clear, arid Middle Eastern sky, he went to his next level with God.
On earth as it is in heaven
There is that time in our faith walk when God “takes” us from our confining and suppressive experience. He knows He must reframe our thinking. And He has us lift our heads and look to the stars: “Count them if you are able.”
As His people, our perspective and thinking must shift. He has us look into the dimensions and depth of His eternal nature and unlimited creativity. It is difficult if not impossible to get our natural minds around the dimensions of His promises to us.
But our heart begins to believe. And the spirit of our mind is renewed (Eph. 4.23). What He said to us is manifested in the earth.
Are you gazing at your old, tired tent ceiling? Will you let Him “take” you from that vantage point and give you another?
See the entire Abraham: Questing With God series. Abraham is a touchstone for us – the original pattern of faith. What’s possible in your life?
photo credits: Milky Way viewed from the Kofa Mountains in Arizona (credit Richard Payne, www.astro.wisc.edu/sirtf/)