“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, ‘That’s how many descendants you will have!’ And 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. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. “ (4:18-21) If you’re not familiar with Abraham’s story, brush up on it in Genesis 15.
This chapter really speaks for itself. Here are some questions I’m asking myself:
- What promises of God do you lack faith for?
- When you’re doubting God, what are you putting your hope in?
- Who are people in your life that model Abraham’s faith? Think about these people, thank God for them and posture yourself to learn from them. It’s good to acknowledge real-life-you-can-talk-to-them faith followers that exemplify the same behavior as people we read about in the Bible. It makes it a bit more tangible.
Paul says it all so well. If I had to sum out why I put my hope in God in one sentence it would be this:
“…Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.” (4:17)
O, praise the one who paid my debt and raised this life up from the dead!