Last week we committed to trusting God’s timing.
This week we live “fully assured.”
When fear is threatening to overtake our faith, Romans 4 is our encouragement to hold on. Here, in Paul’s account of Abraham’s story we find reassurance.
Many theologians believe God’s promise to give Abraham a son was 25 years in the making.
25 years of waiting, believing, trusting, hoping and being fully assured that God’s promise would be fulfilled.
I can’t imagine waiting 25 years. Can you? What do we do in the meantime?
We do like Abraham and trust that God has the power to do what He said He would do however long it takes.
“Against all hope, Abraham believed” 4:18
“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 has power do what He promised.” 4:20 – 21
How do you wait when the walls are caving in?
And, when others are seeing prayers answered, how do you remain “fully persuaded” that God will answer yours while yet another year goes by?
Like Abraham, we believe in God’s power and His promise however long it takes.
When doubt and fear threaten to shipwreck our faith, we consider “Him faithful who has made the promise.” Heb 11:11 and we let down our “hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. . .” Heb 6: 19
God didn’t bring us this far to bail on us. We can either listen to this world or His Word.
Abraham could look at circumstances or lean on God’s Word.
He could focus on facts that screamed “impossible” or faith that proclaims “All things are possible to him who believes.” Mark 9:23
Abraham’s faith resulted in the fulfillment of God’s promise.
Isaac was Abraham’s daily reminder that “The Lord is trustworthy in all he promises and faithful in all he does.” Ps 145:13
While I don’t know how long or what you are praying for, I encourage you today to become “fully convinced” “fully persuaded” “certain” and “absolutely sure” as other translations say that if God said it He will do it.
So, this week “Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since He who promised is faithful.” Heb 10:23 (CSB)