From what we know, Abraham was a strong man and never staggered in his faith. In fact, Scripture states that he “remained absolutely convinced that God was able to implement his own promise” (Romans 4:21).
J.B Phillips renders that as:
“When hope was dead within Abraham, he continued to hope in faith. He relied on the Word of God.”
Okay, so what did Abe do with that Word spoken to him? Well, “with undaunted faith he looked at the facts.” In his case, “his own impotence and his wife Sarah’s barrenness.” He didn’t deny the facts. He acknowledged the human impossibility of God’s promises to be fulfilled. “Yet he refused to allow any distrust of a definite pronouncement of God to make him waiver.” In fact, “he drew strength from his faith and remained absolutely convinced that God was able to implement his own promise.”
Has God given you directions, instructions or promises? We are to follow Abraham’s example because “this was the ‘faith’ which was counted to him for righteousness.” This wasn’t recorded so we could be encouraged, entertained, or even to think highly of Abraham. No, no. It was written, “as a divine principle which should apply to us as well.”
My friends, when everything else fails — when every one of your plans and schemes has been exhausted — that is the time for you to cast everything on God. It is time for you to give up all confidence in finding deliverance anywhere else. Once you are ready to simply believe and see God not as a potter who needs clay, but as a Creator who works from nothing. God will work in ways you could never have imagined.
How serious is the Lord about our believing him in the face of impossibilities? Well, we can find the answer to this question in the story of Zacharias, the father of John the Baptist. An angel came to visit Zacharias and told him that his wife, Elisabeth, would give birth to a special child. But Zacharias — who was like Abraham, a pretty old guy — refused to believe it. God’s promise alone wasn’t enough for him.
Zacharias answered the angel, “How can I know that this is true? I’m an old man myself and my wife is getting old too.” (Luke 1:18). Simply put, Zach was saying, “This isn’t possible. You’ve got to prove to me how it will happen. Give me all the information as to how he can do that” It just didn’t sound reasonable.
However, the Lord wasn’t too happy with Zacharias’ doubts and the angel said, “I am Gabriel and I stand in the presence of God! He sent me to tell you this good news. But since you refuse to believe what I just told you, you will be unable to speak a single word until the day it happens. But I assure you, everything I have told you will come true at the proper time” (1:20).
Has the Lord promised you something? Has he guided you to a point where there is no hope, other than him? Well, from both Abraham’s and Zacharias’ example, it seems that God expects us to believe him when he speaks. Lay aside every doubt and concern and rest in his promises to you.
Father, I surrender myself to you. Your Word says to call on you and you will show me great and mighty things that I can’t understand. So I don’t know how you will do it, and honestly, Father, I don’t care how you do it. I am simply waiting joyfully and expectantly for you to show me those great and mighty things; show me the unfathomable riches of your glory and splendor, and all that You are.
Help me plumb the depth of Your Being and to know you. I worship you, I praise you. Along with the Psalmist I cry, “Show me the path where I should go, O LORD; point out the right road for me to walk. Lead me; teach me; for you are the GOD who gives me salvation.” This morning, I ask that you would continue Your work in me. If I falter, strengthen me with your Word. Draw me closer, and I will continue to rejoice in your wonder. Amen!
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