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September 24, 2022
Today’s reading: Romans 4:19-21
“Faith in God’s promises”
We read in Romans 4:19-21:
19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
Yahweh made a promise that Abraham will have a son. Abraham was 75 years old back then. Yahweh fulfilled His promise when Abraham was about 100 years old!
That’s 25 years of waiting. Can you imagine waiting for more than two decades for God’s promise to be fulfilled? That’s more than what most of us can take.
However, Paul wrote that Abraham did not waver. He didn’t give up on waiting. Instead, he strengthened himself in faith.
It wasn’t easy for Abraham to wait. Based on human reasoning, God’s promise is impossible. He and his wife were already old. People knew that it is difficult if not dangerous to bear a child in your old age.
Yet, we read here that Abraham was fully convinced that whatever God has promised, He will deliver.
Needless to say, Abraham wasn’t perfect. There were times when Abraham didn’t understand how God would fulfill His promise. He knew that God would give him a son but he took the matter into his own hand and had a son with Hagar.
In spite of all these, he was still faithful. He might have committed a mistake, but he didn’t turn around and gave up on God’s promise.
Romans 4:20-21 describes the kind of faith that Abraham had. Oh, how I pray that the same can also be said about our faith. Yes, life’s difficulties and concerns can shake our faith. However, we must continually hold on to God’s promises — knowing that what He promised, He can also fulfill.
Let us not waver, instead, let’s strengthen ourselves in faith and give glory to the Most High God!
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