When our prayers are not answered, when we don’t seem to see any sign of a miracle, it is natural to feel depressed. Sometimes, thoughts to quit arises in our minds.
Here is a man named Abraham, who was in a similar situation. He was known as the father of all those who believe. (Rom 4:12) He was a man of great faith. Yet, even Abraham, was at shaken at one point of time, almost losing his hope, but see how God helped him to restore his faith.
Abraham was around 75 years old (Gen 12:4) when God had called him out of Haran. God had promised Abraham to give him a child through whom a great nation will arise. But he waited for many years. Nothing happened.
God speaks to Abraham when he was mood-off!
God came to Abraham and told him: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” (Gen 15: 1)
He was almost 85 years old when God visited him. I’m sure Abraham would have been in a low state, afraid, depressed and upset about his condition. Waited for many years, and still childless. God’s promises seemed to be mere words.
But the interesting thing here is that God visits Abraham, proving that God still cared for him.
When you are depressed, upset and feeling hopeless or completely mood off, that’s the time, you can expect a divine intervention. God has not left you alone, He is there watching over you. He knows your mood, and He exactly knows what’s going on in your mind. That’s why you see that God reminds Abraham, My son, Do not be afraid. I’m here
Have you ever heard the voice of God in your loneliness?
Listen! This is the time God is drawing your attention. Listen carefully. He is trying to reach out to you.
Abraham asks God: What will you give me?
But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless (Gen 15:2)
Sometimes when lose our hope, we might tend to question God: Lord, why? why? What will you give me?
Ultimately, there is always some kind of blessing we expect from God, don’t we?
Abraham was also asking God the same question: Lord what are you going to give me? Are you sure that I will get a child? Or is there some other alternative?
Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.
Here we see that God was cool when he was dealing with Abraham. He dealt very patiently with the concerns of Abraham.
Our God knows our mood swing, and He knows how to deal with us. Even when we are upset and feeling hopeless, as we raise our concerns with God, He will patiently bear with us even in our weakness.
God confirms His promise again to Abraham: Look my dear child! A son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.
God takes Abraham ‘out’ of his house
He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them. (Gen 15: 5)
God took Abraham outside his house
Sometimes when we are upset and feeling hopeless, it is good to step out of our house and walk with God and enjoy the beauty of nature. When we see the amazing creation of God, the flowers, plants, garden, birds and the skies, we will be reminded of the greatness of our God.
See how God deals with Abraham. God was trying to comfort Abraham. But Abraham doesn’t seem comforted. Now as a close friend of Abraham, God pulls him by his hand and brings him out of the house.
This is how God deals with us. He comes down to our level, when we are feeling hopeless. He can empathise with us. He comes all the way from heaven and come straight into our room, hold our hands, and pull us outside and show us His creation. What a lovely God we have!
My dear! Count the stars
Look up! Count the stars!
When you are low, look up!
Abraham tried counting the stars from one end of the sky to the other. He was lost. He tried again. But he couldn’t come to a correct figure. Abraham admitted: I am sorry Lord, I am unable to count the stars.
Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” (Gen 15: 5)
There is a very important lesson we need to learn from this
When you are inside that closed room-within the walls of your problem, you may fail to count the stars up the sky. Get outside that room, look up, and start counting. You will learn a big lesson: Your God is bigger than your problem.
The next verse says
Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Gen 15: 6)
In other words, Abraham was restored in his faith. He grew stronger, and He believed the Lord, and God was much pleased with that.
Applying this principle to our lives
When you look up the sky, you see stars, moon, the sky and so on. What does it tell us?
God created them and placed them there for a purpose. It still remains there, and serves its purpose. It shines for us, and gives light to the universe.
God created them in the PAST.
Which means, the God who did wonders in the PAST is faithful and capable enough to do wonders in the FUTURE Abraham, do you believe that, the God who created the stars are able to make children for you in the future?
Count your STARS in the PAST. The STARS are the wonderful things the Lord has done in your life in your PAST. Remember them, count them! I’m pretty sure, you will not count them enough, because they are many.
Yes, the same God who did it for you in the PAST is waiting to do in your PRESENT and FUTURE as well.
Try this when you are down
Get a piece of paper or a diary. Write all the blessings in your life, right from the time you can remember. The life you got, hands, feet, head, nose, healthy body, parents, home, love, care, water, air, food, peace, and so on. Keep thanking the Lord for all those. And you will soon be filled with so much gratitude and your faith in God will increase, which will be the key initiating factor for your miracle in the PRESENT and FUTURE
May the good Lord help you like He did for Abraham.