Scripture: Rom. 4: 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Context: Rom. 4: 18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 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. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
- Are you fully persuaded that God has the power to do what he has promised? Sometimes we say we believe this until the problem seems impossible then our “fully persuaded” shrinks back to something more akin to “not likely”.
- We must always try to focus on the fact that the size of the problem is never the issue, but the size of our God always is! You have a choice, exalt the Lord your God, or to exalt the problem that confronts you.
- Abraham would not weaken in his faith even though he knew that there was no way humanly possible for him and Sarah to have a child. Now what do you do when you know there is no possible way for what you want to actually happen?
- Abraham had no child, yet he was willing to believe the Word of the Lord that said he would be the father of many nations. How do you believe God for something so great when you personally have so very little?
- Surely God had already provided for Abram time and again, so he had that faith walk as a foundation, but anyone of us can testify to the incredible challenge to our faith when the current issue we are trying to believe God for seems impossible.
- How many of us have experienced miraculous provision from God one day only to question Him another?
- If Ab had sought counsel from a friend that friend might have tried to persuade him to set his sights a little lower and perhaps, “accept the burden God had placed on him”.
- God does set burdens on those whom He loves to test our faith (which is meant to strengthen our faith) as well as to demonstrate His strength (His power is made perfect in our weakness); however God also removes our burdens, sets at liberty those who are oppressed, opens the eyes of the blind, raises the dead, heals the sick and makes a way where there is no way!