Then the LORD took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!” — Genesis 15:5
Next week the church family at First Lutheran begins a month-long focus on the Genesis story of Joseph. You know the one. The guy with the “coat of many colors.” This week, however, let’s take a quick look at Joseph’s father (Jacob), grandfather (Isaac) and great-grandfather (Abraham). This trio would become the nation of Israel. In fact, each is an is an important figure in the Abrahamic religions, including Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
Abraham and his wife, Sarah, longed for a child, the child promised by God. But they were old. So old that when they heard God’s promise, Abraham laughed inside, but Sarah laughed right out loud. And when Abraham got impatient, God took him outside to look at the stars, expanding his promise to more than a child. God told Abraham his descendants would number more than the stars in the sky.
Why should this matter to us today? Because we — you and I — are those descendants. The story of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph is our story, too. As the psalmist reminds us, “God determines the number of the stars; God calls them each by name.” (Psalm 147:4)
We’ve all been in that same place, waiting for God’s promise. Be patient. God’s time is perfect. Look at the stars and remember that God has named each star and he knows your name, too.