Lately, I’ve been asking God to give me more faith; more faith to walk in what He’s called me to, more faith to say “yes” to Him, more faith to believe that He is willing and able to do immeasurably more than all I could think or imagine. In this search of asking for more faith, I’ve come across the life of Abraham: a life fully convinced.
God made some pretty crazy promises to Abraham during his lifetime and asked him to do some crazy faith things. From believing his 90-year-old wife would bear a son and then being asked to sacrifice that son, this man had walked a journey. But as I was digging deeper into this crazy life I came across some bold words:
he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. [Romans 4:20-21]
As Abraham’s circumstances grew less promising, he grew strong in his faith. Sarah wasn’t getting any younger, yet he still believed God and his faith grew strong as he continually gave glory to God. And not only was Abraham continually giving glory to God but he was fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Regardless of his less-than-promising circumstances, Abraham’s faith rested on the word of the Lord and His promise to him.
God’s power and promises transcend our circumstances, our abilities or lack thereof, and our plans. So often, I assume that things will go in a cookie cutter manner and in my timing and I’m finally starting to see that God’s plans are not dependent upon my planning or power (thank God!). There’s been countless seasons where I’ve made my plans, set my goals, cast a vision and nine times out of ten, God’s plans are different! His ways are higher than mine and I am oh, so thankful for that. Because that takes all the pressure off of me.
I want to live a life that’s fully convinced of the goodness of God, His perfect timing and His faithfulness. I want to live a life of delighting in the blessed assurance that God is who He says He is. Because when we truly grab ahold of these things, when we truly believe, when we truly abide, we can walk these seasons and this life with freedom; growing strong in our faith, giving glory to God and living fully convinced.