“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.” Romans 4:18-21
Have you ever doubted God’s promises for your life?
Do you worry on a constant basis about the outcome of your relationship, job, financial situation, or children?
Abraham was seventy-five years old when God promised him a son. And God didn’t fulfill his promise to Abraham until he was almost one hundred years old! Imagine waiting on something you knew God had in store for you, but assuming it would come within a reasonable time period of a few years only to become discouraged as the years wore on. And yet Abraham had such great faith in spite of having to wait twenty-five years to see the promise fulfilled.
His attitude is an example for us as believers today. We are to rest on God’s promises for our lives, confident that God knows what he’s doing and will work in his timing, not ours. How can we doubt a God who can perform miracles and fulfill the impossible? Look at what he did for Abraham — if God could make an infertile woman have a child in her old age, then God can fulfill his promise toward you. All God requires is for us to cease worrying and trust in him.
Pray that God will give you peace in place of worry, filling you with faith instead.
Dear Lord, I thank you for what you have done for me, and I ask that you give me the patience to endure and grant that confident faith replaces anxiety. Amen.
Remind yourself often that God always, always keeps his promises, although sometimes, the wait is a long one.
By Ashlea Massie
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