So I read this passage in Romans 4 this morning, where Paul describes the faith of Abraham:
"In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, 'So shall your offspring be.' He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was 'counted to him as righteousness.' " (Romans 4:18-22, ESV)
Isn't that just incredible?!
Earlier in the chapter, Paul explains how Abraham's righteousness was not based on works...it was not because he obeyed the Law or because he was circumcised. (Seriously, the entire chapter is packed with incredible truth...I may be mulling over it all for a while...) But basically it all boils down to this: "Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness." (v.3)
Abraham believed God.
Oh, to have the faith of Abraham: A faith that believes God, no matter what. A faith that trusts in the God "who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist" (v.17). A faith that does not waver, even when faced with seemingly hopeless circumstances. A faith that is "fully convinced" that God is able to do what He has promised. A faith that grows stronger and gives glory to God even through the waiting.
I say I have this kind of faith, but do I live it? Do I walk it every day?
Would someone be able to say, years after I am gone, that "Jennifer believed God." Just those three words...that's really all I ever want to be known for.
Oh, to "walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had..." (v.12)
...to let go of the worry and the doubt and simply trust.
...to embrace the seasons (the years, the decades even) of waiting and to grow in faith and give God glory...even and especially through all the waiting and the long hard days of unfulfilled promises and no answers.
...to look beyond what seems impossible and believe in the God who daily does the impossible. (After all, He's the God who raises the dead and has made all things from nothing...He can do anything!)
...to simply and fully and completely just believe God.
In hope, to believe against hope.
My encouragement for you this weekend, my friends is this:
Remember that God is good.
He loves you.
You can trust Him.
He will do what He says He will do.
Even when your circumstances seem hopeless...in hope, believe against hope...be fully convinced that God is able to do what He has promised.
It may not look the way you thought it would, it may not happen as fast as you would like, it may not make sense and you may not understand it all right now...but God can be trusted, He loves you more than you can ever imagine, and His plans for you are good...He is working everything together for your good and His glory.
So give Him glory.
Even in the waiting, even in the storms, even in the hardest days...believe God and give Him glory, and your faith will grow.
I don't know about you, but I forget these truths. I tend to worry and try to take matters into my own hands...I want things to work out the way I want them to work out, and to work out yesterday. ;)
So I doodled out two of these verses, and then made a little printable...to stick in my Bible or hang on my wall, to remind me to "walk in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had"...to have an unwavering, fully-convinced kind of faith...every single day.
You can download the 8x10 printable for free here:
(works great as a coloring page too!)