Stars and Sand


God made a promise to Abraham, that He would multiply and bless his descendants. Abraham believed, knowing that God would be faithful to His promise, even when he was told to sacrifice his only son.

Today’s Reading: Genesis 22-23

Key Verse: Genesis 22:17

…blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.

After a long period of testing, Abraham and Sarah had their own little son. How they rejoiced. How they loved him. But now a new test confronted Abraham. He probably spent the whole night in tears, wrestling in prayer. Would God really make such a request? Finally, as the sun began to rise, Abraham obeyed, took Isaac up Mt. Moriah, and placed him on the altar. Then God gave the boy back to his Dad and promised great blessing on Abraham and his descendants. God is faithful. He has provided the sacrifice of His own Son, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Abraham said to his servant, “Stay here and I will go yonder and worship, and we will return.” He knew God would be faithful to His promise about Isaac. He also knew that the highest expression of worship is obedience.


Father God, here I am to worship You. Yes, I worship with words of praise and thanksgiving; I worship You with songs; I gather with other believers to worship You in public gatherings; but grant me the grace to always worship You through my obedience to Your revealed will. Through Jesus Christ, my Lord. Amen!


Since 1968, Norma-Jean and I have taken groups of our friends to Israel. I love to take my sandals off and run barefoot through the sands of the Sahara, which the currents of the Mediterranean have deposited on Israel’s shore. When in Jerusalem, where the Temple once stood, I’m filled with strong emotions as I speak to our brothers and sisters in our group about the sacrifice of Jesus on the very place where God said to Abraham, “Because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son, in blessing I will bless you.” Tears fill my eyes as I write this, for God did not withhold His only Son, but gave Him as the final Sacrifice. No wonder Abraham was called the “friend of God” (James 2:23).

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