After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” But the word of the LORD came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” And he believed the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:1-6, NRSV)
Have you ever had a promise broken?
Have you ever had a promise made that seemed like it just wasn’t going to happen?
Abram’s circumstances said to him that his only offspring would be the son of a slave. Yet God is always good to His promises.
So God showed Abram the stars in the sky and told him to count them, and this will be the number of your descendants.
And that is not the best line in the passage. But the last line is, “And Abram believed the Lord!”
You see a promise is only as good if the person it is made to believes it. And even this outlandish promise is believed, and because of that Abram is considered righteous.
He believed God, who is good on His promises.