Romans 4:20
[20]He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;

It’s really one of the more critical points in the history of mankind as far as we are concerned – the account of the life of Abraham. It’s one of those stories whose sheer boldness only lends to its authenticity and power. It’s as it were so improbable to be made up that really it has to be true, and indeed it is true. It’s the story of a man who dared to believe God when he only had reasons not to

The above quoted verse is what I like to call a ‘hinge’ verse, because it’s reveals something that proved to be a turning point, decisive in the negotiations between two probable outcomes. In this first of two write-ups, I’ll be touching on the preceding predictive facts and in the next, I’d look closely at the powerful factors. Right.

Romans 4:19
[19]And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb:

And as touching what God told him:

Romans 4:18
…that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken…

So what was the center of the matter? As far as procreation was concerned, Abraham and his wife were dead, they weren’t just barren…they had moved past that stage. It was physically impossible for Sarah to conceive, let alone carry a child to term, and then to nourish that child, the odds were stacked to high heavens. Indeed, every challenge seemed to beget more challenges rather than solutions. Yet, to this dead couple, God was advertising the possibility of fathering nations. It seems God likes getting involved with the concluded impossibilities. Why won’t He just find a younger couple? Na, that’d be too easy. God was in the mood for the impossible.

But how does He convince Abraham that he can bank with Him on this matter? How does he make Abraham see beyond the limitations of his current reality, not deny or ignore them, but rather see beyond them, into the reality He is proposing?

He gave him a word. Scripture calls this a promise:

Romans 4:18
[18] according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

So now the ball is in Abraham’s court, he must make a decision, keeping in full view his current position and the promise of God.

This is also consistent with our experience as believers, the ever-present judgment between our current situation report and the report of God, encapsulated in his word of promise to us. What shall we believe? I find that it seems to be the modus operandi of God to want to make us see beyond our limitations into the provisions He has for us. In order for Him to successfully do that, He gives us a word- an anchor-an earnest, for of a truth, faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God and He beckons on us to lay hold on it. His word is His proof of absolute commitment.

See you tomorrow.

3 thoughts on “Stagger?

  1. Hmm…only believe and you will see His salvation…I choose your way Lord…it may not be easy, it may not be pleasant…but I choose your way Lord… thank you Mr Ayo


  2. Choose to hold on to His promise, regardless of how impossible your situation is. How faithful is our God!
    Thank you Dr. Ariyo


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