Friday, November 30
Scripture: Romans 1-4
Romans 4:19–21 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body to be already dead (since he was about a hundred years old) and also the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 because he was fully convinced that what God had promised, he was also able to do.
In this section, Paul is arguing for justification by faith, not by law-keeping, and insists that Abraham is the father not only of Jews, but of Gentiles who believe. Abraham was declared righteous before God because of his faith before he was circumcised.
Paul gives an example of Abraham’s faith related to the promise that he would be the father of many nations. Abraham’s faith didn’t weaken even as his body aged. He was nearing 100 and Sarah nearing 90! Way past child-bearing years! Yet Abraham’s faith didn’t waver because he was fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised. His body said one thing; God said another; he chose to believe God!
I want these words to describe me! My faith doesn’t weaken or waver in the face of obstacles! My faith grows stronger as I consider God’s promise and I am fully convinced that God can do what He has promised.
I’m trying to imagine Abraham aging, and yet holding on to his faith in God’s promise that he and Sarah would have a child. There must have been times when his faith wavered. After all, he had Ishmael, and at 99 he said to the Lord, “If only Ishmael might live under your blessing”—that is, may Ishmael count as the fulfillment of Your promise. (Genesis 17:18)
But as difficult or impossible as it seemed, Abraham never lost faith. He was fully convinced God would come through and fulfill His promise. And He did! When Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90, she gave birth to Isaac, the child of promise.
I want to be that confident! Unwavering faith—fully convinced—confident in God’s promise.
Prayer: Lord, increase my faith. Help me to live with this unwavering confidence in You!