In Genesis 12, we read of the call of Abram and God’s promises concerning his life. In verse 2 and 3 of Genesis 12, we read of seven promises given to Abraham by God. These are;
-I will make you into a great nation
-I will bless you
-I will make your name great
-You will be a blessing
-I will bless those who bless you
-Whoever curses you I will curse
-All people on earth will be blessed through you
These promises especially of him becoming a great nation seem to be delaying yet Abraham was patiently waiting. This morning, we are reflecting on the theme “Abraham as an example of faith”. This will be discussed under the following;
-Faith depends on the promises of God. Verse 18
-Faith never runs away from the facts of life verse 19
-Do not waver concerning the promises of God verse 20
-Be fully persuaded verse 21
FAITH DEPENDS ON THE PROMISES OF GOD. VERSE 18
Verse 18 specifies that, God promised to make Abraham “Father of many nations”. This must have seemed incredible to a 75 year old man with no children. 75 years is a little late to be starting a family and even if you could, how could you ever start a nation. This may be a wishful thinking by an old man. However, Abraham found it within himself to believe what God has said and keep believing for 25years. We find in Genesis God repeating that promise 5times in Genesis 12, 13,15,17,21. It is as if God is saying, “I know you will find this hard to believe so I am going to repeat myself to help you believe what is going to happen. Abraham was patient enough because He knew what God had said and believed in the word of God. He knew in numbers 23:19 that God is not a man that He should lie. His word will surely come to pass. God’s word is full of promises for us. It is our responsibility to search to know what God is saying concerning our lives and wait for its realization because He is covenant keeping God. Do you know the promises of God for your life, your marriage, your business and the family? Search the scriptures to identify it and Wait for it and it will surely come to pass.
FAITH NEVER RUNS AWAY FROM THE FACTS OF LIFE
Paul tells us here in verse 19 that, without weakening in faith, he contemplated his own body. Lord I am almost a hundred years old, there is no way that humanly speaking I am going to become a father let alone a father of many nations. He was realistic about their conditions but believed in spite of impossible circumstances. In every situation, you have to face the facts. Faith doesn’t avoid the facts but faces them and then reacts to the facts based on the word of God. Abraham, for example, faced two unavoidable facts: his body was dead and Sarah’s womb was dead. On both sides of the equation, Abraham was facing an absolute impossibility. On the human level, he was too old. To put it bluntly, Abraham was impotent and Sarah was 45 years past menopause. Unless God did a double miracle, no baby would be born. John Calvin summarized the matter well when he said that, Abraham and Sarah were closer to the grave than to the marriage bed. Abraham faced that fact but decided to believe God anyway. In Luke 5: 5, we read, Simon answered, "Master, we've worked hard all night and haven't caught anything. But because you say so, I will let down the nets." Faith believes that beyond the crisis, a better day is waiting to be born. Despite your condition, have faith that God is about turning your sorrow into laughter, your disgrace to a testimony and your shame to a miracle. Watch it and you shall see the glory of God.
DO NOT WAVER CONCERNING THE PROMISES OF GOD VERSE 20
In verse 20 of the passage we read “Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God”.
When crisis comes, we look for reasons to doubt God. Abraham wondered what God was up to but never gave up. What do you do during the period of waiting for the manifestation of God’s promises? Whenever you are trusting God in a situation like this, you glorify Him, you make Him look trustworthy, loving and reliable. Faith gives God the glory because it shows that God can and will do the great, necessary good that humans can’t do. We give God the glory when we trust him to do what He has promised to do – especially when all human possibilities are exhausted.
BE FULLY PERSUADED
In verse 21 we read, and being fully convinced that what He had promised, He was also able to perform. As a believer of Jesus Christ, you should be fully convinced that no matter how long it takes, God has the power to do what He has promised. He will never fail. Only wait on this God and see him as He turns your situation around. Real faith knows no plan B. There are no options. Be fully convinced that what you are going through is a temporal situation. The permanent will take over in the name of Jesus.
May the God of Abraham grant that heart request in the name of Jesus. God is the same yesterday, today and forever more. If he has done it for Abraham, he will surely do it for you. Be patient as you wait on the Lord to turn your situation around to His own glory.