Stories, thoughts and reflections on the Bible from the WSFC Staff.
Scripture – Romans 4:20-25
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 had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
Observation – Abraham was fully persuaded of Gods promise to him, and conducted his life and his faith on that fact. Abraham was focused and chose to embrace God’s promise as true and faithful, and he lived his life under that conviction. AND GOD NOTICED.
Other “testaments” of Abrahams resolve.
Romans 4:21 (NIV)
being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised
Galatians 3:29 (NIV)
If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
Hebrews 6:15 (NIV)
And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
Romans 4:3 (NIV)
What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Galatians 3:6 (NIV)
So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Romans 14:14 (NIV)
I am convinced, being fully persuaded in the Lord Jesus, that nothing is unclean in itself. But if anyone regards something as unclean, then for that person it is unclean.
Application – Like Abraham, we are all faced with a choice. Like Abraham, we have been given a promise from God, some of it detailed, some of it requires faith on our part. Do we believe that God is God? His word and his works are true and reliable? Will we choose to take the very next step with Him? We have no guarantee of tomorrow, so we really need to focus on the faith and strength it takes to get through today. And to not just survive today, but live it out big and abundantly as a reflection of Jesus Christ. I believe Abraham didn’t spend a great deal of time speculating, wondering, “what if-ing” about God’s promise being accurate, and when it would all come to pass. But rather, he believed…and went back to living in the knowledge that God knew him, cared for him, and promised him amazing things. He rested in that, and lived abundantly. What if we did that? Abraham was just a man. A father, and husband, a farmer…Abraham-just an ordinary guy. That by his simply believing, God had told him the truth,he stepped into an extraordinary life…and into history. What about you and me?
Prayer – Father. I believe. Help my unbelief. Where I fail in my faith, strengthen and encourage me. Gently teach me God. You have made promises I desire to experience. I covet the abundant life, and the knowledge of your love and compassion for me. Speak to me, Lord, and reveal Yourself to me again and again as I grow in my faith and trust in You and Your Word.