Look Toward the Heavens


It’s easy to be so caught up in our own little world that we fail to see “the big picture.” Four thousand years ago, Abraham was in such a position.

Before he was called Abraham, his name was Abram, or Avram, which means “exalted father” in Hebrew. Yet despite his name, Abram was childless for decades. In Genesis 15, we read the following:

“…the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, ‘Do not fear Abram, I am a shield to you; your reward shall be very great.’

And Abram said, ‘O LORD GOD, what will you give me, since I am childless…’”

No doubt Abram was disappointed in life, and disappointed with God. He didn’t see his great desire for a child come to pass. However, what happens next is a beautiful scene:

“And He [the LORD] took him outside and said, ‘Now look toward the heavens, and count the stars, if you are able to count them…So shall your descendants be.’”

Having the benefit of hindsight, we know that this prophecy came to pass. As the father of faith, Abraham has given birth to natural and spiritual descendents literally numbering in the billions. Yet it was this nighttime scene that proved to be the turning point in Abram’s life.

There are two things that Abram needed to do here. First, he had to be taken outside. He probably was in a little, dark tent at the time. Second, he needed to turn his focus upward.

When you and I go through disappointments in life, we need to do as Abram did – get out of the small, dark tent of our own self pity, and look toward the heavens. Like Abram, we too will then be able to see our purpose in life, and God’s promises fulfilled.

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