Faith

Today’s devotion appears to be talking to me directly as I’m going through an extremely stressful period of my life. Faith… But what is faith at work? Take a long while. How long? What must I do?

28 MArCh
Genesis 15:4–6

Believing the promises of God

geneSiS 15:6 And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.

Very often, a believer’s faith takes a long while before he could respond positively to the gracious promise of God. Such was the case with Abram, when he immediately reacted unbelievingly: “Lord God, what wilt thou give me?” He seemed to be saying to God, “You may promise me one thing, yet You are doing another.” God promised him power but he felt helpless: Where is my reward? I am still childless [Genesis 15:2]. Abram had sincerely expressed his frustration and hopelessness to God as far as having an heir was concerned. He was then old and it would be impossible for him to have any descendant. He might as well give all his inheritance and honour to his faithful servant who was born into his household. Eliezer could be adopted into his family and be heir to his possessions. Just as when Abram’s faith was beginning to waver, “the word of the Lord came unto him” [v. 4]. God did not blame or chide him for his faithlessness. Instead, God once again spoke patiently to him, confirming in his heart the reality of the promise that He made earlier [Genesis 13:16]. He would have an heir who would come forth out of his own bowels. Furthermore, Abram would have a multitude of descendants, just like stars covering the night sky [v. 5]. Can you feel the power of God in the life of an obedient and submissive believer? We will not fail on what God has promised. Instead, God will most certainly bring them to pass. The only thing needed for us is to have true faith in Him.

Prayer Gracious Father, help me cast my doubts away and begin to believe in Thy faithfulness.

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~ by ymsim on 2013/03/28.

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