In Genesis 12:1-3, God makes Abraham an incredible, multifaceted promise: “I will make you into a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great, and your name will be a blessing; I will bless the one who blesses you and the one belittling you, I will curse, and through you, all the nations of the earth will be blessed.”

God’s undeserved promise was to a childless man and his sterile, half-sister wife. Abraham was well past his prime when God made that promise. Eventually, God would use stars as an analogy to explain the wealth of His unmerited grace to Abraham.

Genesis 1:15 says that God made the stars. God asks Abraham to number the stars if he is able (15:5), and He promises that He will make Abraham’s seed like the stars of the heavens which none can count (22:17). This verse compares the number of the stars to the sand on the seashore.

Funny thing about the stars. A person can only see less than 3,000 stars under perfect conditions from any one spot. If you added up perfect conditions everywhere on the planet, there are only 6,000 visible stars.

But YHWH told Abraham those stars were like the sand of the seashore. It wasn’t until the Hubble Telescope that we realized God was right. The stars are impossible to number just like the sand.

Psalm 147:4 declares that God calls each of those stars by name. Job 38:7 affirms that at creation those stars where the “Sons of God” and that they sang God’s praises.

Abraham may have expected a few thousand offspring. God was promising billions upon billions upon billions.

What if the same is true of God’s promises to you?

For every single person who repents of self-rule and turns to God, relying on Christ alone, this is what the Scripture declares: God will wipe away your tears (Isaiah25:8); God will transform you into the perfect image of Jesus (1 John 3:1-2; Hebrews 12:23); God will completely unify you with his people (Ezekiel 36:24; John 17:11).

His promises are better than you realize.

Jesus says, “The meek will inherit the earth.” Literally in Greek that promise reads, “The meek will inherit the land by lot.” That exact phrase in Greek appears everywhere in the Old Testament of Joshua dividing the land of Israel. Jesus as the new Joshua may be making a better promise. He may be promising a spiritual land, a heavenly Jerusalem, a restored Eden.

Whatever God’s purpose, that promise is beyond anything we could hope or ask or think. It’s probably beyond anything we could imagine. That’s the nature of God’s promises.