Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.” So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Galatians 3:8-9 (NIV).
In Romans 4:21, Paul says, concerning Abraham, “being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” That’s the kind of faith we should have. And, my friend, that’s a long, tall order.
Cue the metaphors. It’s being down by 7, on the 1-yard line with 2 seconds to go and a monster D-line facing you. It’s wanting a new bike for your birthday knowing Mom and Dad don’t have the money. It’s one more last chance when you’ve already used up your others. It’s praying to God for comfort when you know the world has closed in on you.
Believing when logic and reason say not to.
That’s the kind of faith Paul was talking about. Abraham was probably in his middle age (at least) when God first told him to leave Haran. When God told Abraham that he would father a nation, Abraham was already pushing 80. When God finally blessed Abraham and Sarah with Isaac, Abraham was nearly 100. Through his entire life, Abraham believed that God would do what He had promised to do. Even without evidence, even when logic and circumstance told him to stop.
I find this comforting in our darkening world of 2022. The war in Ukraine may very well escalate. It may spread, and intensify, and turn into a cataclysm that nobody wants yet fewer seem willing to stop. It has happened before, many times in fact. There’s no reason to think it couldn’t happen in our so-called modern world.
Yet God promised to ALWAYS abide with us. Jesus promised to send His Spirit to us to indwell and encourage us. He promised to always be with us, even unto the end of the age (whenever that occurs). When we put our faith in Jesus, God (who provides for us even when we don’t believe), credits our faith to us as righteousness that only He can impart. All nations were blessed through Abraham. That includes ours, and me, and you. He kept His promise. He keeps them still.
The rest of the world things this is bunk. There’s no logical reason to believe it will happen. After all, it has been two thousand years since the time of Christ. Yet Abraham waited 100 years for a son, and he was born. Generations later, Abraham’s descendants became a mighty nation of millions; generations after that, those became billions. Nothing is impossible for the God who keeps His promises.
For further reading: Genesis 12:3, Genesis 18:18, Genesis 22:18, Genesis 26:4, Matthew 28:20, Acts 3:25, Romans 4:16-22, Galatians 3:10
Lord, nothing is impossible for You. I put all my faith in You alone.
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