Abraham’s faith took me by surprise this morning. If I have read Romans 4 once, I have read it at least a hundred times. But today was one of those days where the Word of God turned me upside down. When I read the words, “who, contrary to hope, in hope believed.” Contrary to hope basically says against all hope. The Scripture passage focused on Abraham’s faith. While Hebrews 11 might be the Hall of Faith. Roman’s 4 is Abraham’s induction into the Hall of Faith Ceremony. The whole chapter centers on Abraham’s faith. Faith that was accounted to him as righteousness.
Abraham’s Faith Did Not Consider His Circumstances
Romans 4:18 highlights his belief that got him inducted into the Hall of Faith. In hope, Abraham believed when there was nothing in the physical to base his hope on. Hope in the physical was D-E-A-D!
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.
Abraham was not dead, but the function of his physical body that enabled him to father a child was dead and so was Sarah’s womb. Nothing within their physical body still worked to produce babies. But it did not matter, because Abraham never considered the physical state of his body or Sarah’s body. That was the other thing that turned me upside down this morning. I was keenly aware that far too often, I consider my circumstances, my physical state, and/or other people. Not Abraham. He only believed God.
My Faith Does Not Measure Up To Abraham’s Faith
How many of my prayers listed in my prayer journal for my family and friends are affected by my awareness of the physical circumstances. What if I stop considering those physical circumstances and simply believe God? I really think that is a game changer. That is faith at the height of its game.
Hebrews 11:1 says faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:6 reminds us that faith pleases God. Once again faith is looking at our circumstances with spiritual eyes that don’t consider the natural world. Maybe faith pleases God so much because true faith shows Him we are following in His footsteps, doing what He does. Romans 4:17 says that God gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.
I want to have Abraham’s faith that doesn’t even equate the natural or physical world into his prayers and his belief. Over the years, my faith has grown, no doubt. But Abraham’s faith reminds me that I’m still growing and needing to grow in my faith.
Are You In Need Of Greater Faith?
If you can identify with me and you need more faith, here is a prayer to help us increase our faith.
Dear Heavenly Daddy,
I thank You that I have faith because You have given me a measure of faith. You are the giver of every good and perfect gift and I believe faith is a gift. As the apostles in the Bible asked you to increase their faith, I also ask you to increase my faith. Give me spiritual eyes to focus on you and your power. Help me to become so aware of You and Your work in my life and circumstances that I stop considering my natural and physical realities. I want You and faith in You to become my greatest reality. I believe that You want me to have greater faith because faith pleases You. Therefore, by faith, I believe that I am being given an increase in my ability to believe You above all else that I see. In Jesus name, Amen.
I want to challenge you to read Romans 4 and take some time to meditate on Abraham’s faith. Let me know if God turns you upside down as well!
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