Impossible Faith

In Romans 4:18-22 it says, “When God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, Abraham believed him. God had also said, “Your descendants will be as numerous as the stars,” even though such a promise seemed utterly impossible! And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though he knew that he was too old to be a father at the age of one hundred and that Sarah, his wife, had never been able to have children. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything he promised. And because of Abraham’s faith, God declared him to be righteous.”
Even as we begin to take a look at these verses that first sentence is so powerful. God made a promise to Abraham and Abraham believed him. This was no small thing since Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah had never been able to have children! This promise as the verse pointed out seemed impossible yet Abraham believed. As I think about this how easy is it to doubt God even with small things. These verses point out that Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise…now I don’t know about you but in my past there have been many times that I have wavered. There have been many times I have prayed for something but have continued to think or plan as though it wouldn’t happen. Some people may say, “Well of course that is the smart thing to do. You need to expect the best but plan for the worst.” However, as I look at scripture I don’t know how biblical that really is. How many times do we say we are trusting in the Lord but then plan like he won’t show up? Is that faith? My prayer today is that I may have a faith like Abraham’s. These verses in Romans point out that in this time that God told Abraham about his soon to come giant family that not only did Abraham’s faith not decline but it grew stronger! How could this be? Why would his faith grow? These verses go on to point out that Abraham was absolutely convinced that God would do anything he promised to do.
In James 1:5-8 it says, “If you need wisdom-if you want to know what God wants you to do-ask him, and he will gladly tell you. He will not resent your asking. But when you ask him, be sure that you really expect him to answer, for a doubtful mind is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. People like that should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. They can’t make up their minds. They waver back and forth in everything they do.” So may our prayer today be to have faith like Abraham, may be willing to ask God for things that seem impossible. May we dream dreams that with out God they will not happen. May we have faith that all God has promised will happen and through this be declared righteous just like Abraham.


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