Significant time had passed since God’s original promise to Abram. Although God had prospered him as promised, Abram was concerned about one thing:
After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “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, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!”
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.” And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.
Then He said to him, “I am the Lord, who brought you out of Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to inherit it.”
While God had promised Abram an abundant progeny, he and Sarah were still childless following his encounter with Melchizedek (Gen. 14:18). Abram, however, offered a solution. According to the custom of the day, he proposed making a servant born in his household the heir of his estate.
At this point, God took Abram aside and showed him the stars of heaven. As the Creator of the starry host, God promised Abram that not only would a son be his heir instead of his servant, but also that his descendants would be just as numerous as the stars.
How did Abram respond? Without hesitation, he believed God! And, God “accounted it to him for righteousness” (v. 6).
1) Bible opened to Isaiah. By, Ken Horn, [CC BY 2.0] via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
2) Night time prayers at the Western Wall. By Lehava Center – Pikiwiki Israel [CC BY 2.5 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons – Enhancement: MKM Portfolios
© Charles E. McCracken 2016, devotional comments only. Repost/Reprint with permission from the author. Scripture taken from the NKJV, emphasis added.