Count the Stars, if you can

He counts the number of the stars; He calls them all by name. Great is our Lord, and mighty in power; His understanding is infinite.

Psalm 157:4-5

Have you ever been outside on a cloudless night and just happened to look up?

Have you ever been overwhelmed by the amazing, awe-inspiring wonder and beauty of the stars?  Have you ever tried to count them?

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.”

Lately, God has been speaking to me about the stars. He has been revealing to me His bigness and His passion through His creation using the life of Abra(ha)m. God called Abram out of his tent, out of what He knew, out of his ordinary, and showed him a glimpse of the extraordinary.  God took what, to Abram, looked impossible and promised him Nations.

At the time, Abram was an old man.  His wife was an old woman.  They were childless.  From Abram’s view, it would have been easy to laugh off the promise of God, but Abram didn’t.  Abram had every reason to not believe God; he didn’t even have an heir.

And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.

Do you know what the great thing about this story?  Is it’s not really about the stars.  It’s about people.

That night when God called Abram out, and commanded Him to look up, He wasn’t testing out his ability to count.  God already knew Abram couldn’t count the stars.  They’re too numerous (scientists say that there is at least 100 billion galaxies with at least 100 billion stars in each, 3,000 stars being visible to the naked eye).  That was His point.  God was opening Abram’s eyes, wanting him to see as only He does, if only just for a moment. God was showing Abram each star represents a person and an inheritance.

The bible says that we are the descendants of Abraham.  That when we become Children of God, that we inherit his promise (Galatians 3:29).  God wants to do the same thing for each of us.  He wants to take us out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary.  He wants to take us out of our tents, the places where we are comfortable and blow our minds with the view of the stars.

Each star represents a Child of God.   God knows us by name and He loves us extravagantly just because He made us.  Who am I to determine which of God’s precious children He gets to spend eternity with and who He does not? Do we really think that God is satisfied with our percentages?  How selfish of us.

If I want to “Count the Stars” I must first get out of my tent.  I must get out of what is comfortable and choose to believe in the impossible.  I must begin to see people as God’s Beloveds, I must choose to honor them with my actions.

It is my mandate to be a fisher of men; I must fight for those who don’t yet know Christ.  I must display God’s love to a hurting desperate generation.  I must believe that God is able to use me despite my inadequacies.

I must ask continually ask myself, Would I be satisfied with only a percentage of my children spending Eternity with Christ, even if it was 50%, 70%, or even 90%?  NO, of course not.  Why do I think it’s different for His children?

God, today I say yes to You.  I choose to go where You send me, and do what You ask of me.  I choose to stand up and fight for Your Children.  I choose to love, trust and obey even though I haven’t a clue what that looks like.  God, today I choose to not be satisfied with the ordinary.

Let me live like You.  Let me love like You.  Let me see like You.  I am Yours.

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