Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.”
Genesis 15:5 (NKJV)
God had great plans for this man Abraham.
How could he have know that one day, he would be called, The Father of many nations? The one they reference when they wanted to name God long ago...
they would say, The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
This man had faith that was so great, yet so simple.
And maybe it was because, he did not have the distractions we face today.
Or did he?
For surely, his mind would race like ours.
And certainly, he could be filled with self-doubt and fear.
There had to be days when he could not fathom the reasons God would want to use him, or how any of these things could be accomplished.
Which is why... God brought him... outside!
And certainly, God wanted him to try to count the stars, to possibly see the vast creation of Himself... to stand in awe and wonder and glory of God.
But maybe, Abraham simply needed to get past his own limitations.
Maybe Abraham needed to step outside of his tent and breath a bit of fresh air to get a new perspective.
And maybe you and I need that as well.
Maybe God is asking us to step out of our tent... to step out of our limitations.
Because so often, we get stuck in our own reasoning, our own self-doubt, our own fears of the future... our own condemnation of the past.
And God says to you... step outside... where He is the Creator of all new and wonderful things. Stop reasoning and trying to out think Him. Stop trying to figure out the rest of your life, or even the rest of your week.
Rather, take an honest moment to get down on your knees, look up and pray to Him. Thank Him for the stars that you can see and lift your hands... open to Him, acknowledging that you need His help. For goodness sake, I know that I do!
And then let Him open some space in your mind, and in your heart for creating a future that you may not even understand. And there, place your faith... a faith that He can wholly have... simply acknowledge that you can trust Him with it, without having to know every detail of it.
Because faith in our future can truly be as beautiful as a clear and starlit night's sky.
Word of God... train me, today...
Lord God in the heavens above,
I thank You for every star that you have lit in the night's sky.
And I know that You are the Creator of all good things.
Even while I try to grasp onto my future,
help me to release the grip...
help me to open my hands,
help me to trust you more, and more each day.
For God, I know that you are able to make all things new in my life.
Let me step outside of my limited self today
and trust You fully.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)
It is You, Lord that I love.
It is You, Lord that I long to honor with this new day.
Direct my paths.
Light my way.
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