Yesterday, in our initial discussion, we looked at the predictive facts, the current reality of Abraham, and saw that if that condition was true, which indeed it was, Abraham had no business expecting a child from Sarah, Sarah had no business carrying one either. Those were the facts on the ground. Now we turn to the powerful factors. Our primary text remains:
He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
God introduced his word into the equation as we saw yesterday, but we wondered at what Abraham’s response was going to be? And by extension, what our own response ought to be.
The above verse gives us an insight into the things that were at work in Abraham. Scripture reports stuff like but was strong in faith and giving glory to God. These are amazing truths but based on what? Was it blind faith? Did he believe just because it was God that spoke and so the sanctimonious or common sense thing to do was believe? My dear friend, I am not in any way suggesting that having faith in the word and promises of God to you, just because it was God that spoke isn’t good. Actually, it is great, but I’m rather adding that God offers more than just goodwill.
Why did Abraham believe? If we can answer this question indeed we would find the secret to standing firm and holding on the word of God even in the midst of the most difficult of situations. We find the answer quietly stated:
And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
The above verse is a beautiful verse…being fully persuaded that, what he promised(the word that God spoke to him), he was able also to perform
Abraham was fully persuaded over and beyond his situation, over and above the prevailing circumstances. I honestly lack for words to convey this heart posture of Abraham. The word fully persuaded means that Abraham was sure that God could and had every intention of carrying out what He said He would do to the letter and he was completely assured that He would. But not only that, but it also adds that God was capable and powerful enough to do precisely what He had said He would do and beyond that, if necessary.
My dear reader, this was why Abraham did not stagger: that if God had said something, He literally can move Heaven and Earth to bring it to pass. This my beloved is the key to not-staggering. The secret then, to an unmovable stance and an unshakable walk of faith is this: being fully persuaded that what He has promised, He is able also to perform. Little wonder, Abraham is called the father of faith.
Right then. Tomorrow, Tabitha Dee will be here for her column and it’s going to be a blessing to your heart by the grace of God.
I will be back on Thursday by God’s grace for something special. I’m quite excited and I think you should be too. Do have a wonderful evening. Glory to God! Amen.