And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith. – Genesis 15:6
Abram heard the voice of God; and God told him that he would father a child and that his descendants as numerous oas the number of stars in the sky. Abram wondered how God would and could bless him because he had no physical heir of his own save his servant. God reassured Abram that he would indeed have a blood heir to inherit his blessing. Because Abram believed God would do this thing, God accredited his faith as righteousness.
Do we truly believe God will do for us what he’s promised, as did Arbam? Abram could not see God nor see into the future what God promised; however, he did hear the voice of God and trusted in what God said. There are many people, who hear the voice of God, and they doubt what was said to them. They say they believe that God raised Jesus from the dead and have confessed, “Jesus is Lord,” but why do they doubt? They have unbelief, plain and simple. In fact, we all do. There isn’t one person alive who has not doubted God at some point in life. I know that I have.
This passage takes me to the story where the disciples and even a man Jairus were about to witness great miracles in their lives. They heard the Word of God and wanted to believe, but they hesitated at first. However, something great happened with each event, the hesitant followers of Jesus then turned to him and said, “Help my unbelief.” They realized within themselves that they had suspicions about what God said he would do for them. Then, they exercised what faith existed in them and asked God to strengthen their faith by helping them overcome the stumbling block of doubt.
What has God said to you now or even in the past? Yes, there are thousands of promises in the Bible that God honors, but what specifically has he told you he would do in your life? There may even me a huge mountain standing in front of you to which you may not be able to maneuver around, but God has told us, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.” (Matt 21:21) Yes, the mountain will move. It may not move just when you think it should, but it will move! God is already at work on removing the mountain before you speak it, yet you must speak to those mountains in your life. Then stand back and see the salvation of the LORD at work!
Notice that Abram didn’t do anything more than believe (trust) that God would do what he said he would do. Then, God gave Abram credit for believing. Abram exercised his faith without doubting, and what happened? He later had a son of his own flesh and blood. It took 16 years for the child to come, but he was born nonetheless! Now, Abram’s wife, Sarai, didn’t necessarily believe what God has said and told her husband to take her servant as a wife and raise up to her a child. And like the good husband he was, Abram sired a son with Hagar the servant. Abram tried to force the hand of God at that point and stirred up the pot that still troubles the world to this day – the Arab-Israeli conflict! We have to be careful about what we say and do. When we begin to doubt God’s timing and take matters into our control, then we cause only more grief for ourselves. We must not only believe God will do what he said, but we must trust him to do it on his timetable. He knows better than what we do and knows what is best for us. He has our backs!
Father, as anyone can tell you and you already know, there have been numerous times that I have doubted your timing. I never doubted what you said you would do, but I didn’t see it happening when I thought it should. I tried again and again to force things to happen by taking control of the situation and only to find myself in trouble and having to live with the consequences of my choices. Help me to believe you with the faith Abram had. He is the father of our faith, and I want to learn how to trust you like he did. Yes, he tried to force the coming promise and exacerbated the situation, as I have done, but you still came through for him and did as you promised. Sir, you’ve promised me that I would serve as missionary to some needy people. Whether that is home or abroad, I trust you to open the door for me to enter into that service. I wait upon you. I love you. Thank you. In Jesus’ name, Amen.