Looking into the crisp November night, stars shining bright, I thought of Abraham—how the word of the Lord came to him in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
But Abram said, “Lord God, what will you give me, seeing I go childless…?”
Then, the Lord took Abram outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them…so shall your descendants be,” (Genesis 15:1-5).
Eyes landing on one star which shone bright, I thought of how gracious is the Lord, to respond gently after revealing the reward Abram had in Him. When Abram’s response to such a gift was the confession of a desire apart from Him. The dream of having a child.
However, God knew Abram’s desire even before this moment. In fact, He planted the seed in his heart. Perhaps He was drawing it out by coming to him?
Maybe God approached Abram as He did, because God knew that even after the giving of a child, there would linger in Abram an ache. Something deeper that would never be fulfilled by anyone or anything except a relationship with this One God. Maybe in the years of Abram’s waiting, God was at work in the recesses of the heart to reveal his deeper need. The need for a God who quenches the thirst of the spirit. Who satisfies the hunger of the soul. The need for a God who goes with us and before us. A God who is a shield in our troubles. A reward on our journey.
I’m not sure if you’re one who’s still in the waiting. Wondering why you have an ache for something unfulfilled. Maybe even questioning why you have it, since you already have Jesus. Thinking to yourself, Isn’t He enough?
Oh, dear friend, if this is you, I’m right here with you. Let’s know together He is gracious with our weakness. Let’s believe He knows and even planted the desire. He is the fulfillment. Let’s bravely wait for His promise—expectantly.
Let’s remember the stars, see if we can number them…and know that He even calls them by name.