He took him outside and said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars–if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Genesis 15:5 

It had been years since Abram left his homeland for the new life promised him by the God of Heaven. Although his father had died a few years earlier, Abram had been blessed. His flocks had increased, the land was fruitful and he had peace with those around him.

 In spite of all that, there was one thing that continued to bother Abram. He and his wife Sarai were still waiting for the promise of children. Having no children to carry on his name was a huge disappointment! Where was God’s promise? How would he be the father of a great nation when he had no children of his own?

 One day, God visited Abram and reminded him of the promise. He told Abram that He would protect him and guide him. But Abraham complained to the Lord, “What reward can you give me for my future? I have no children to pass on my legacy to. My fortune will be turned over to my servants.” Abraham was NOT happy.

 So God took Abram outside the tent. He said to Abram. Look at the stars Abram. Someday your children will be as many as the stars of the heaven. Abram, I promise you. Someday your offspring will be so many that you won’t be able to count them!

 Even though he’d been waiting a long time, Abram believed God. From that point forward, whenever he went outside at night and saw the stars he was reminded that God was there and that someday the promised son would come. Perhaps that alone was what helped Abram and his wife endure the waiting, the pain and the loneliness of no children.

 Sometimes we need a visual to help us remember things. Some people tie a string around their finger, or make notes or come up with tricky little sayings to remember important things. Just as Abraham had the stars to remind him of God’s promise, we as Christ followers have a sign: the Cross of Jesus.

 The Cross of Jesus reminds us of forgiveness. It reminds us of the empty tomb and the new life we have in Christ. It reminds us that when God promises something, it happens. Period. That doesn’t mean that we won’t struggle from time to time. It doesn’t mean there won’t be hard times. It DOES mean that we can trust God to come through for us when we need Him because we are much loved children.

 PRAYER: Heavenly Father. Thank you that your promises never fail. Help me to look to the cross during the hard times of life. Help me to remember that you promised never to leave me or forsake me. I praise you for your forgiveness, love and m