Genesis 15 “Count the Stars – So Shall Your Offspring Be”. Seriously?
The Lord had made promises to Abram of blessing and land and nation and a great name. Central to these promises were that Abram would have many offspring. And yet as Genesis 15 begins both Abram and his wife Sarai are very old and childless. How can Abram trust God’s promises? And why should we trust God’s promises?
The Lord took Abram outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
Given the number of stars that were visible this promise from the Lord seemed even more ludicrous. And yet we read that,
Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.
Does astronomy help us in our unbelief? And what is the connection between faith and righteousness?
We often struggle to believe the Lord. Especially when we have waited for a long time for the Lord to respond to our prayer. How can we believe and not doubt? And what are the consequences of believing, and not believing? Genesis 15 and the Apostle Paul’s commentary in Romans 4 help us with these galactic questions.