Greetings In the Name of the Lord:
Romans 4:17 (NLT)
That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.
Over the past several weeks at New Life we have been examining the like of Abraham. Through this study we have learned a lot not only about Abraham, but also about ourselves, and what it means to have faith. We have learned that sometimes people of great faith make mistakes…sometimes even big mistakes. However, we have also learned that we have a gracious, loving, and forgiving God who gives us second and sometimes third chances. In this we have learned that just because you make mistakes doesn’t mean that you are not a person of faith; it just means you are human. On the other hand, we have also learned that people of faith are also people who trust God implicitly. Often God will ask us to do things that are not only difficult, but from a human perspective, can seem down right impossible. Yet people of faith believe God and take him at his word. We know that when God promises something he delivers. For example, when God asked Abraham to sacrifice Isaac to him. God was asking something of Abraham that was absolutely incomprehensible. Not only was God asking Abraham to kill his son, but this was the son of the Promise and now God was expecting Abraham to surrender him after he has waited so long for him to come. This may seem completely irrational to us, but Abraham knew that he needed to obey God and that God had the power to raise Isaac from the ashes. He understood that God could make something out of nothing. How about you? Do you trust God enough to believe him to make something out of nothing, or to be able to raise something up out of the ashes of despair? Ask God to give you that faith, and like Abraham believed, God will deliver!