Welcome to the New year.
Ignore the crisis for now; Breathe – In with the good and out with the bad. Good.
With all the negativity running all over the place, it’s rather too difficult to hold on to any form of confidence this year. For some, the hardships of last year changed their perspectives of hope while some lost it totally. It’s a new year, so it’s only logical to expect the best, perhaps have it all written down in anticipation of something better than what last year offered.
Hope, that’s the target, the assurance of something better.
Unfortunately, it’s only considered insanity to do the same things and expect different results. One could surely desire the best and still get what was not expected in return; that’s the thin line between hope and faith. The year barely started so it’s not too late to start building right, lets learn this faith thing from someone who knows better.
19 Abraham was almost a hundred years old, so he was past the age for having children. Also, Sarah could not have children. Abraham was well aware of this, but his faith in God NEVER BECAME WEAK.
20 HE NEVER DOUBTED THAT GOD would do what he promised. HE NEVER STOPPED BELIEVING. In fact, HE GREW STRONGER IN HIS FAITH and just praised God
21 Abraham FELT SURE THAT GOD WAS ABLE to do what he promised.
Twenty-five years. Abraham waited for twenty-five years. He had to wait twenty-five years for the promise God made to him to be established. Twenty-five years is certainly a long enough time for his thoughts and emotions to switch; from strength to weakness, faith to fear, love to hate, but it didn’t. Come to think of it, Abraham never really asked God to make such great promises towards him, from God it was more of an act of sovereignty and compassion.
Now I’m not saying it’s going to last that long, but our understanding through it all really matters. Abraham understood God’s personality that regardless of the tension and possible negative emotions pushing him to doubt, He still didn’t and you see that’s the whole point.
“He (Abraham) never doubted that God would do what he promised. He (Abraham) never stopped believing. In fact, HE GREW STRONGER IN HIS FAITH and just praised God”. Romans 4:20
Another translation says, “being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what he had promised” (Romans 4:21 NIV). Where was his focus? – On God who was able and willing. How well do you know this God? What does His word characterize Him as? Worry, Doubt, Anxiety; are all just emotions and should never be the reason to succumb to such negativity.
Let’s create for ourselves an understanding
- God’s promises to us were made without our consent and this alone gives us every reason not to worry. He alone devised the plan to save us, He alone devised a plan to bless us, He alone devised the plan that gave us all things, He alone devised the plan to prosper us, He alone devised the plan to cater for us, to help us, be with us, glorify us, so He alone is responsible for its manifestation. Quit keeping tabs on what you are not responsible for.
- Again, There’s no impossibility with God, always remember that. Abraham accepted to an extent who God was; he trusted in His character and abilities putting His faith not on the promise but on God Himself. It was his knowledge of God that gave him such stability.
- Generally, we all by default are controlled by how we feel. So work against them. It doesn’t matter how you feel or what you feel, God is for you so nothing can stand against you. Abraham did not waver people! He NEVER stopped believing.
Our understanding of who God is what sets us apart, giving us the understanding that keeps us above all the negativity.
These two things cannot change: God cannot lie when he makes a promise, and he cannot lie when he makes an oath. These things encourage us who came to God for safety. They give us strength to hold on to the hope we have been given.
We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and strong. It enters behind the curtain in the Most Holy Place in heaven