Faith. Simply put is confidence or trust in a person or thing. (Dictionary.com)
I believe we all have faith in something. And some seem to have bigger faith than many of us can imagine. I want to become one of those persons who can be described as “being of great faith.”
Christ said we only need to have faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain and nothing is impossible. Have you seen a mustard seed? It is extremely small so it must not take much.
Looking at that scripture makes me realize that God can really do a whole lot with our little bit of faith. But we have to believe (even just a little bit). That’s the kicker right there, isn’t it? To believe in things unseen even a little bit.
It does not take a lot of faith to do great things, but it does require that you have faith. Without faith, everything is impossible but with faith, amazing things can happen.
My Mom recently shared that she was convicted to not just believe in Him but believe Him for who He is and what He can do. I consider my Mom a great woman of faith, but even she feels the need to press in during these challenging times to have even more faith.
We often talk about faith and believe that God is the Creator of the Universe. That sounds sincere and honestly so many of us do believe that, but…
Do we believe God? Do we believe His promises are “yes and amen in Christ”? (2 Corinthians 1:20) Do we believe His word is infallible and stands for all generations? Do we believe those scriptures are relevant for us today?
And if so, how do we keep the faith when we are battered by the storms of life and are struggling to keep our head above water to search for light in a sea of darkness?
From someone who has seen his share of life storms comes the answer. Paul tells us in Romans 4 about Abraham’s faith,
“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so BECAME…”
Abraham’s faith and the effect of his faith are described further as noted:
“Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead – since he was about a hundred years old- and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did NOT waiver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4: 19-21
Can you imagine being told by God that you would be the father of many nations yet you had no offspring. Not only did you not have any offspring but you were 100 years old and your wife’s womb was as good as dead. How do you keep the faith alive and believe God with those odds?
But Abraham did. A few verses prior to this Paul says he believed in the
“God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as through they were.”
Do you have a few things in your life that, much like Sara’s womb, are as good as dead and yet you are hoping for some resurrection? I know I do.
So how do we keep believing and holding strong in the faith when the situation is as good as dead?
Looking at Abraham’s faith we see a pattern emerging…
First we believe even when it goes against the grain or feels hopeless. Keep believing.
- Against all hope, Abraham believed and so became. (This means it happened!)
Second, we must face the facts in front of us. It might appear hopeless and like that thing will never happen or that situation will never change, but we do not let it weaken our faith. We face it knowing God is good and His promises never fail.
Next, it says Abraham did not waiver in unbelief. That can be a tough one but I’m encouraged as a I read the New Testament passage in Mark 9:24 that we can ask God to help us overcome our unbelief. Ask Him to help us not waiver in faith and to stand on His promises. He will never go against His character and He is called Faithful and True.
Lastly, we must be strengthened in our faith and give glory to God. When we are built up in our faith, we can give glory to God. And the reason we can do that is because we can live, much like Abraham, fully persuaded that God is able to do what He promised.
Live life fully persuaded. That’s the key. That we believe God has the power to keep His promises and make them happen.
How would that revolutionize our daily lives to LIVE fully persuaded that our God has the power to do what He promised to do?
He had promised Abraham that He would be the father of many nations. I can’t think of a bleaker situation than Abraham and Sara’s situation regarding their promise and yet Abraham did not waiver and stood firm in his faith knowing his God was able to do what He said he would. And in that, Abraham so became the father of many nations just as God had promised.
Are there promises God has given you from His word? Promises for your life? Your family? Your future?
Rest assured, you and I can both be encouraged and strengthened by Abraham’s faith. He believed and so BECAME. Let’s allow Abraham’s story to be a boost to our faith and an example on how to hang onto hope and believe God.
It’s not up to us to make it happen but we depend on God, believing Him and living our lives FULLY PERSUADED that our God has the power and will keep His promises.
Keep believing. Keep hope alive.
Live your life each day fully persuaded to believe God in all things.