Monday, August 22

While I'm Waiting

"In hope [Abraham] 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 distrust 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

Abraham chose to trust in God's Word more than he trusted the evidence before his eyes; he chose to lean not on his own understanding, but to trust in God with all of his heart. Abraham made this choice because the unseen God was more real to him than the things which are seen.

It is also interesting to note that Abraham's faith grew strong "as he gave glory to God." Abraham gave glory to God-- praised Him for His goodness, thanked Him for His blessings, and attributed his success to God-- all while waiting in earnest hope for God's promise to be realized. This was what strengthened Abraham's faith, his trust in God-- thanking and praising God for the gifts of the present while waiting for the promise of the future.

May God grant me the strength to praise Him for His goodness and thank Him for His blessings today that I may strengthen my trust to believe in His promises for my future.


Christen said...

Yes! God has shown me something similar recently. Praising Him and giving Him the glory strengthens us because it redirects our focus. As long as our focus is on our own deeds, accomplishments, failures, etc., we see fallibility and begin to doubt. When we look for things to praise the Lord about and verbally speak it, our faith and joy increase in a beautiful way. :) We realize that we can do nothing without our Creator, and we learn to appreciate Him more.

Cloves said...

Hi from Malaysia hee hee stumbled across your blog... I felt God lead me to click your blog and read it... truly inspired and and I love the line "Abraham made this choice because the unseen God was more real to him than the things which are seen." nicely said :)