“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” Romans 4:18-21
Are you feeling like things are hopeless? Are you faced with a situation that requires the hand of God? Perhaps you have a child going off to college this fall and don’t know how you are going to pay for it all. Or maybe you are planning to move and don’t know where to get the money, or don’t even have a place identified yet. Whatever your situation, know that you are not the first to be faced with too many decisions, too few resources, and too little time.
Consider Abraham and Sarah. In the natural, they were both well beyond child-bearing days. That is why Sarah laughed when God told her she would have a child…over 100 years old and about to have a baby? If Sarah could have sent a text message from the tent to Abraham, it would have said, “RATTLH!” (rolling around the tent laughing hysterically!). While Sarah was dismissing the greatness of God, he was working something super over their natural circumstances.
In the Old Testament, God promises some big things to Abraham; a great land – that he would be the father of many nations – that all the families of the earth would be blessed… Look at the magnitude of those things. Those promises were things that would take time to manifest. Becoming a great nation was not a pill he could take to see results in 7-10 days. He could not pull his camel into The Bank of Canaan and withdraw 10 new nations; he had to wait expectantly. Abraham forged ahead with his life always believing that God would deliver on his promises.
God knows how to move things and people around so that you get the manifestation of his promises. It’s ok if you don’t see how it’s going to happen, that is the whole point of having faith, being sure of what you hope for and certain of the things you cannot see (Hebrews 11:1).
Does he have a great nation today? Absolutely, check 1 Peter 2:9 “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, his own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.” The promise God made to Abraham, he made for you too, for this time. I cannot hand you a job, or change your status to something more desirable, but if you are believing for something, believe and trust God with all your heart and lean not to your own understanding (Proverbs 3:5). If you received confirmation that you are walking in the will of God and have peace, then believe without wavering.
Believe with the faith of Abraham that God is able to bring the new house, the new job, the baby, the promotion, the prosperity. If you pray and then start to worry, you are not operating in faith. The level of your faith is critical to the timing and manifestation of your blessing. Remember that God is bigger than anything you are looking at right now. He knows, he sees, he hears, and he still answers prayer.
Believe it, and watch it happen!