I am preaching through a series called CONSUMED walking through the theology of the book of Romans. This past Sunday we looked at chapter 4 that is a highlight of Abraham and his faith. There are some great truths that we must learn from him.
One piece that sticks out in my mind and heart has to do with how I live by faith. Do I trust God? Do the situations around me cause me to question or move away from God? Those answers might surprise you.
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. 20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. 22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.
None of us are Abraham, but we are people of faith that must learn from those who lived before us and who followed God. There were pieces that should have made Abraham change or move away from God, at least humanly speaking.
He was old when he was promised a child, almost too old to father a child. But Abraham’s faith didn’t weaken or waver. His faith grew stronger when situations or fear seemed to be overwhelming. Those were the times where God got the most glory from all that was going on. Living by faith meant that Abraham understand who God was and how he was to move forward.
Living by faith is not easy. But living by faith is what God calls every Christian to do. What promise of God have we been avoiding or not believing? What step have we not taken because our faith isn’t very strong?
Letting faith work means that when we step forward and trust God that we will see God do incredible, almost non-human things. Letting faith work means that we forget our reputation so that God will get all the glory. That is what I long for.