Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was absolutely convinced that God was able to do anything he promised. Romans 4:20-21 NLT
Are you, like Abraham, waiting on some promises to be fulfilled? Are you daring to believe that God’s promise to you will be fulfilled no matter what? Well, you’re in some good company.
When you believe God’s promise you set in motion some things in your life which will help you to grow to new heights in your faith. When you believe God’s promises for your life, it will help you to endure circumstances. Abraham paid a great price for believing God, but it built up his endurance.
In Genesis 12, God told Abraham to “come out of” his familiar and family surroundings. He continues by telling him to “go to” a place (Canaan) he has never been before. Later on, he encourages him to “stay in” that place no matter what happens and then the Lord challenges him to “believe in spite of” the outcome of decisions that Abraham has made.
Life is often like that when you choose to follow the Lord. You will have to come out of your comfort zone. Go to places you are not familiar with (back to school, new job, new community). Then you will have to “stay” or “hang” in those places no matter what challenges you face. Then you will be challenged to continue to “believe” even when you have created unbearable circumstances.
When you dare to believe God’s promises, you will also develop the strength to answer your critics. Abraham had to face his family and declare to them that God was directing him to leave the family homestead.
That wouldn’t have been so bad, but he also was not able to tell them where he was going.
Imagine the conversation that followed. Upon arrival in Canaan, he then had to face the Canaanites who challenged his right and claim to be there. When famine struck the land, he fled to Egypt (that was his own leadership decision). Later, upon his return to what we now call the “promised land,” he had challenges with the Philistines who also laid claim to this divinely selected place. At each encounter his faith was tested but God gave him the strength to answer his critics. God manifested his blessings to Abraham thus confirming God’s promises were reliable. Your critics are allowed into your space and God uses them to build faith and character in you.
Like Abraham, these series of encounters confirm God’s directives and bring you closer to the fulfillment of the Lord’s promises. These encounters are for your good. Your character and faith are built up as you look to the Lord to deliver what was promised. If you respond, as did Abraham, the fruit of your faith will become evident to your critics and you won’t have to say anything. Your faith will speak through the fruitfulness in your life. Finally, when you believe God’s promises, not only will you be able to endure circumstances and answer your critics, you will also glorify Christ.
After all he went through, Abraham still believed a God he couldn’t see for promises he hadn’t realized. Abraham’s faith blessed his family for generations beyond what he would ever see.
Abraham reached a place where his faith didn’t waver and his mind was thoroughly convinced that God was able to do anything He had promised.
This place of matured faith is what we strive for as spiritual children of Abraham. Abraham brought glory to God for the fulfillment of God’s promises to him.
People often say, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” No you won’t! Because by then you won’t need faith to believe what your eyes already see. Your faith will not have grown and you will have missed the opportunity to grow in spiritual understanding which will not only impact you but your generations as well.
By believing to “see the goodness of the Lord,” we open an opportunity for our faith to exercise and mature. We glorify Jesus — the Word of God — by taking God at His word.
May your faith increase to believe all that God has in store for you. But remember, your faith is formed and strengthened through sometimes challenging circumstances.
You are not alone. You’re in good company among those whose faith has also been tested.
Dare to believe that God will do what He has promised. I believe ... therefore I have spoken ... God will do what He has promised He would do.
Dr. William M. Campbell Jr. is pastor of Anderson Chapel AME Church in Killeen.