If all Abraham did was wait for 25 years to receive his first begotten son, we would have still celebrated his great faith. But apart from the long wait, he had to believe that his wife’s dead womb would not only receive but also hold to full term. In other words, even if he finally got healed of his impotence, he still had to believe for his wife barrenness. It is hard enough to have faith for oneself but he had to have it also for his wife and still trust to be a father of many nations.
No wonder he is called the father of faith. He believed when it was needless to believe. He hoped when there was no hope left. Because the Bible calls him the father of us all who are called to walk by faith, it would be imprudent for us walk without studying exactly what Abraham did. The Bible describes his great faith-journey in 7 ways as follows:
1. He believed in the God who gives life to the dead and calls those things which be not as though they were - Rom 4:17
2. Against all hope he believed in hope - Rom 4:18
3. At 100 years of age, he did not consider the fact that his own body was dead
4. He did not consider the fact that Sarah’s womb was also dead - Rom 4:19
5. When he heard the ‘unrealistic’ promise of God regarding his situation he did not stagger through unbelief
6. Instead he up grew strong in faith and continued to give glory to God
7. As years passed he grew more fully persuaded that God was able to perform what He had promised - Rom 4:21.
Abraham’s belief in a performing God was so staggering that God Himself made an executive decision to declare him righteous. The first among mortal men to be declared in right-standing with the Creator of the universe - Rom 4:22.
How can we emulate our father who waited a quarter-of-a-century without staggering in unbelief? When our world looks bleak and hopeless, we should tear our eyes away from believing what we see. Because as believers we do not look at the things which are seen but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal - 2Co_4:18.
Stagger not at the challenges standing in your way; but work on developing staggering faith instead
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