And behold, the word of the Lord came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” 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 15:1-5
Abraham was sitting in a tent, and all he could see was the enclosed space within his tent. There wasn’t much going on there. No wonder his faith was snuffed out. But the Lord brought him outside. I love the fact that the Lord brought Abraham outside. He didn’t tell him to go outside, but the Lord brought him outside. It sounds as if God held Abraham’s hand and brought him out, or they walked together outside. It is a beautiful picture of the Lord walking with His children when they feel like they are living in a tent and in-between seasons!
Do you feel like you are in a in-between season? Do you have a limited vision of what the Lord is doing? Well, you are not alone. The father of faith had that issue as well, but the Lord met him there.
The Lord brought Abraham outside, so He can expand His vision with God’s possibilities. He saw the stars in the skies that could not be numbered, which was a reminder of how great and awesome God is!
Today is a good day to step outside of your tent and look up and ponder God’s greatness and awesomeness. Change your view and vision. Sometimes we need to step outside of our normal surroundings to see how the Lord is at work in His creation. He is able to do far more than we can think or imagine!
God spoke to Abraham and told him that the child in his household was going to come from his own flesh and blood. The Lord provided Abraham with more specifics. Now that Abraham’s vision had been renewed by God’s vast creation, he could believe the Lord again! Praise God for the clarity that He brings in the in-between seasons!
And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness. Genesis 15:6
One of the simple but difficult principles of faith is just believing God without trying to question or understand how He will work things out.
By Abraham believing the Lord it was credited to him as righteousness. Abraham didn’t do anything to be considered righteous except believing in the character and the work of God in his life. Abraham didn’t ask “how” or “when”; he just simply believed God!