1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34 / Romans 4:13-4:25 / Psalm 14:1-7 / Proverbs 19:17
Romans 4:17-20“…(as it is written, “I have made you (Abraham) a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him who he believed – God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body already dead (since he was about 100 years old) and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith giving glory to God.”
Romans celebrates the great faith of Abraham. God promised Abraham and Sarah that they would have a child and, from that child, a mighty, numerous nation would come. This promise required a great deal of faith due to the fact that it was physically impossible due to their ages 100 and Sarah was 90, and, up to that point, she’d been unable to have children. By making this promise to them, He was setting the “scene” in order to demonstrate His ability to defy logic and override any kind of human limitations.
When God spoke His promises to Abraham, he simply believed. He could clearly see the fact that God’s promise was physically impossible (in human terms). Yet, he knew that if God said it, it would be. He waited with expectation to see how/when God would move.
Sometimes we find ourselves waiting on God’s promises over our lives that never seem to come (Remember God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah re: having a child took 10 years to be fulfilled) OR the circumstances surrounding the promise seem completely impossible by human sight/logic.
If we find ourselves in this place we need to ask ourselves these questions:
Am I walking in FAITH and OBEDIENCE? Is there anything I’m involved in that is blocking me from hearing Him clearly? (secret sin, participation in things that are causing “mixture” and confusion in my heart/mind) Am I chasing after the Lord and walking closely with Him, listening to the things He is telling me?
We can use those questions as a personal “checkpoint”. It’s great to take spiritual inventory and honestly access at where our hearts are. If we need to confront things and make changes to our side of our relationship with the Lord, LET’S DO IT!
Then, rather than losing hope, WE MUST CHOSE TO TRUST HIM AND WAIT WITH EXPECTATION and watch as the Lord brings His promises to pass in our lives (sometimes little by little, sometimes all at once!).
God loves to confound those who are “wise in their own eyes” and blow our little human minds! HE LOVES TO TAKE WHAT LOOKS IMPOSSIBLE AND SHOW US THAT WITH HIM, ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE!!!