You’ve Got to Be Joking

Now the word of the Lord came to him: “This one will not be your heir; instead, one who comes from your own body will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look at the sky and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then He said to him, “Your offspring will be that numerous.” Genesis 15:4-5 HCSB

Have you heard a story that seemed to be unbelievable? You may have even said, “You’ve got to be joking.” Sometimes people will exaggerate the truth or embellish a story to make it sound bigger and better than the truth.

Certainly, Abram must have had that same feeling when God told him that his offspring would be more numerous than all the stars in heaven. This is especially unbelievable since Abram did not have any children and was an old man. His wife was past the age of bearing children. God’s reward would not be wealth or fame; rather, God would bless Abram with descendants more numerous than the stars in the sky or the grains of sand on the seashore (see Genesis 22:17). God’s blessings and rewards are beyond our imagination. We cannot fathom the greatness of God and His blessings for His children.

Challenge: God does not joke around. If He says it, you can count on it. Just when you think it cannot be done – God may come through and amaze you with a blessing that you never thought was possible. Have faith and believe God. His blessings are greater than you can imagine – even when you think there is no hope.

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