Faith Against All Odds
Search me, O God, and know my heart. Inspect me, even though it makes me uneasy. Bring light into any darkened corners.
Read Romans 4:13-25
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“I do not want to possess a faith; I want a faith that possesses me” (Charles Kingsley, 1819-75). That was true of Abraham and can be true of us, too.
Abraham trusted God’s promise, despite overwhelming odds, and he received it by faith. It had no conditions attached. It was God’s undeserved gift, received through the righteousness of faith, not from keeping law. (Law only brings wrath, because no one keeps it perfectly.) The promise was extended to all Abraham’s descendants possessing similar faith. Jews considered Gentiles to be spiritually dead, but Paul shows that God brings life to all those dead spiritually, Jews or Gentiles. Abraham and Sarah might as well have been physically dead, as far as producing a child! But as the natural likelihood of parenthood decreased, Abraham’s faith in God’s fulfilling his promise to his glory increased. It is Abraham’s kind of faith which is credited as righteousness.
Such faith in God’s power as was found in Abraham has been further demonstrated by the raising of Jesus from death. The work of Jesus on behalf of humanity brought to fulfillment the promise that the world would be blessed. The way is open for all peoples to become the new righteous people of God, by faith in him. Faith involves more than an initial step of trust in Christ’s sacrifice. It involves a year-by-year commitment to trusting God and, like Abraham, a whole lifetime’s obedience to him. The firm promises of God can be totally relied on, but there are times when we put our hand into his and he leads us into the unknown with no absolute assurance as to the outcome. Whatever the circumstances, he is utterly reliable and sufficient for every situation in our lives. Through his people today, he still works to fulfill his promise that Abraham will be the father of many nations.
Consider one of the national groups who claim Abraham as father. Pray that Abraham’s faith might inspire them to put their faith in him who raised Jesus from death.
Lord, I’m inspired by the towering faith of Abraham. Develop and strengthen my faith, so that I’ll see that all things are possible with You.
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