“In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told,“ Romans 4:18
Do you have a situation today that looks hopeless? Impossible?
Consider, for a moment Abraham and Sarah. Everything was stacked against them. Humanly speaking, it was impossible for Sarah to have a baby. But this kind of utter impossibly is no road block to God! In fact, it was the perfect scene in which God could display his wondrous power, love and faithfulness.
Mark 5:21-43 gives an account of another seemingly hopeless situation. This man Jairus had asked Jesus to come to his house and heal his critically ill daughter, and although Jesus responded by going with him immediately, he was ‘waylaid’ on the journey by others who also needed a touch from him. Jesus had just healed a woman of an awful bleeding condition, when Jairus received the devastating news that no parent wants to hear – it was too late, his daughter was dead!
Jesus’ calm response was to tell Jairus: “do not fear, only believe.” (Mark 5:36)
Our impossibilities are no obstacle to the Lord. We might wonder at times whether God has heard our prayers. It may seem that he is taking so long to answer. But, as in the accounts of Abraham and Jairus, when that longed-for miracle happens, we and everyone around us will know know that no one else could have done it but the Lord.
God spoke his promise of hope into a humanly hopeless situation – an elderly, infertile womb – and Abraham received that promise and believed it.
Abraham did not waver in his faith in God’s promise.
“Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God”. Romans 4:19-20
It would be easy to read over this scripture and miss two very important little phrases. Abraham not only believed God, he was fully convinced that God would do as he had promised.
God had said it, and that was enough for Abraham. He fully expected God to deliver on his promise.
Abraham fully expected God to fulfill His promise.
When he must have seemed crazy to others, Abraham kept believing God’s promise. And, true to the promise, Abraham became a father of many nations.
What are you facing today? This week? This month? However hopeless your situation may seem, you can encourage your heart with this: Your “impossible” is no obstacle to God who makes all things POSSIBLE – you can always trust him to keep his word, because he never has broken and never will break a promise.
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The timing of this is pertinent for me; I was recently praying for a need and went to pray again but I felt Him tell me in my heart “I heard you the first time, just believe!” And right enough a short time later I saw His answer. How often we need to exercise the same faith seen in Abraham in this post. Thank you and God bless you sister.
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I love this story! Thank you for sharing it Alan ☺️
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