Date: Saturday, January 18
Scripture: Romans 4:13-25
Verse: No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. (Romans 4:20-21)
Imagine how overwhelming it must have been for Abraham and Sarah to be told they were going to have a child. After years of wishing, hoping, and praying; nights of sadness and doubt; and days filled with sad looks from friends and neighbors, they must have resigned themselves to the fact they would never be parents. They were well past their child-bearing years, “as good as dead,” as Paul so delicately puts it in verse 19. Could they trust God to come through?
Sometimes it is hard to believe the promises of God, especially when they go against conventional wisdom, science, or experience. 100-year-old men don’t father children. Cancer doesn’t just disappear. People with certain diseases or injuries won’t heal. But through God there is hope, and the hope gives us the strength to keep on going, even in the face of our doubts.
Paul gives us the example of Abraham and Sarah who exemplify this hope. They didn’t just believe and sit back and wait. They acted on their belief because they knew God would be faithful to his promise – though it didn’t make any sense at all, and even elicited laughter from them at one point. There was also a time when they grew impatient and tried to make it happen their own way. We know that temptation too. But through it all they acted on their faith that God would do what God said he would do.
So too it is with you. The relationship you don’t know how to restore, can be restored by God. The family member you have given up on because of their bad decisions, can be changed in Jesus Christ. Your financial situation, your illness, your worries, your fears for which you have run out of good ideas to change – God can do it. Let us be “fully convinced that God [is] able to do what he [has] promised.”
Prayer: Fill me with hope, O God. Amen.
Action: Consider your doubts. Is there something you don’t think God can do for you?
Respond: When have you seen God come through after you have given up? Answer by clicking “Leave a Comment” below.
If you are receiving this via email, click the title at the top of the email to take you to the devotion webpage where you can leave a comment.