Romans 4:19-21 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
It is easy to start out believing whatever God has promised, but as time goes by our faith may wane in the face of opposition and obstacles. I have always wondered if Abraham at any point doubted whether or not he would have a son with Sarah. Romans 4:19-21 indicates that the answer to that question was no. The scripture tells us that although he was a hundred years old and beyond the age when men would produce seed, he never once doubted whether what God had promised would come to pass. Romans 4:21 confirms that he was fully persuaded that what God had promised he was able to perform. Abraham kept his faith strong by holding fast to the word of God.
What sets Abraham apart is that he was willing to look beyond reason. Abraham had no basis on which he could rationalize to himself or anyone else that he and his wife were going to have a child. There were more than enough reasons that could have been given why it would not happen. Among the reasons that could have been put forward are: his wife was barren and past child bearing age and so was he. Abraham overlooked all those reasons why it would not happen and placed his faith in the word of God. God spoke it so he knew God would perform it.
To get to what God has promised, you must be willing to ignore all the reasons that may be put forward why your God-given promise will not materialize and hold firm to the word of God.
Life Application: When you are told the reasons why what God said will not happen, hold on to your faith.
Prayer: Lord, there are times when I lose faith because what I’m believing for seems impossible. But, I’m reminded that you specialize in things that seem impossible. So increase my faith in you. In Jesus’ name, amen.