Against all odds, Abraham believed. He believed that God had the power to do what he had promised. He did not waiver when all of the circumstances that his earthly body could see. He did not waiver even though everything looked to be against him. Instead of believing in his circumstances, he was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God. The Bible says he was fully persuaded, that means he believed no matter the situation or circumstance. That is faith.
“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:18-21
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How could Abraham have such faith in the middle of his circumstances? How could he walk by faith and not by sight? It’s because He knew God is faithful. He knew the fact that when God gives us a promise, he delivers. That is what God does. He always delivers on his promises. That is why Abraham could be sure. That is why Abraham could be fully persuaded.
We all (hopefully) have met some people throughout our lives who give their word and always keep it. When they tell us they are going to do something, they always do it. We can count on it to an extremely high degree of certainty. If they fail us, you know it is because something extreme came up like a hospital trip or some other huge emergency. The people who always keep their word are really set apart from the rest of the people we know who don’t and who are always making promises they don’t keep and letting us down.
And God calls us to be set apart. This includes keeping our word, and doing what we say we are going to do. We would do well to learn how important it is to come through on fulfilling our promises. If we are to be more like Christ, we should be more careful in giving our word. And when we do give our word, we should do everything in our power to keep it.
We should aim to be more like God who ALWAYS delivers on His promise. We can count on him ALWAYS. And because of this we can have faith like Abraham. When he gives us a promise we consider the outcome a foregone conclusion. It’s a done deal. It’s guaranteed. We are fully persuaded. We know.
So when we are walking through life, and the enemy comes against us, and our circumstance and everything around us tells us that it is impossible, and that it is not going to happen – let us learn to be more like Abraham and (1) not waiver through unbelief, (2) be strengthened in faith, and (3) give glory to God. We can give glory and thanks to God through praise because we can hold onto God’s Word and know that it is a done deal because God always keeps His Promises!
Dear heavenly Father, thank you for your Word today. We come to you with open hearts and open minds. Fill us with your goodness. Wash away our sins. Wash away any unbelief. Give us full confidence. Let us be fully persuaded. Help us to know that all things are possible through You. Give us strength and wisdom, courage and understanding, peace and love, and everything else that we need to face today Lord. We receive your word and your truth into our hearts and minds this morning. Fill us with your Holy Spirit, and direct our every step. We give you all the honor and glory and praise, in Jesus mighty name. Amen.
Today’s full reading: 2 Chronicles 6,7; Psalm 135; Romans 4
Scripture References From Today’s Reflection:
- “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” – 2 Corinthians 5:7
- “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9
- “Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” – 2 Corinthians 6:17
- “God is faithful, who has called you into fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” – 1 Corinthians 1:9
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