No distrust made Abraham waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He promised. Romans 4:20-21
In Romans, Paul was writing about faith and grace. In Romans 1:17 Paul wrote, “The righteous shall live by faith.” The gift of righteousness and the promises of God are “by faith so that it may be in accordance with grace, so that the promise will be guaranteed to all the descendants,” as Romans 4:16 tells us. Faith is God’s way of crediting His righteousness to us. If it is by faith, then we can’t boast. We can’t reach God by following the law, or a set of rules, because we all fail. And faith works by grace to guarantee us God’s promises.
In Abraham’s case, God promised that through Him all of the families of the earth would be blessed. There were a couple of problems: his wife was barren and they were old. God’s promise to make him the father of nations rode on his wife bearing a child. In God delivering on this promise and Abraham trusting in it by faith we have an example of how this is exactly what we base our lives on. We have the promises of new life because of our hearts being washed clean by Jesus’ blood, of eternal life, and of life only making sense by looking at the world through God’s eyes.
This is a God that we cannot see, calling us to trust in things that we can’t always see. That is the saving faith that we live by. And when we stand in this saving faith and operate in it for our daily affairs, it gives glory to God. The aim of all things is to display the glory of God. Romans 11:36 calls out, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”
Hebrews 11:6 says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God.” You cannot please God if you lack faith on a regular basis, taking things into your own hands because you don’t have the confidence that He really hears and will answer on your behalf. Maybe you don’t know the promises of God or the character of God. It’s time to change that. Learn His promises, read and study the Bible and pray with the goal of getting to know what God is like and what He thinks of you. And then get out there and put your faith into action, doing things that can only succeed if God is in them. It is then that you learn what God’s character is really like.
Make it a resolution to grow strong in your faith, and in doing so, giving glory to God and making His name great in your life. Stand strong in your faith in the character of God and in His promises because He is able to do all that He promises. He is able.