Journal Entry by Paul Davila
S – Scripture: Romans 4:16-25 (NIV)
16 Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. 22 This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” 23 The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, 24 but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.
O - Observation
Reading this account of Abraham really drives home the point of why he is and was held in such great esteem with the Jewish people and rightly so. He was an extraordinary man.
The line that stood out to me today was verse 19 where it says that “he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead…. And Sarah’s womb was also dead”.
They were a hundred-year-old man and a very old woman with a promise from God yet to be fulfilled.
How easy it would have been to just “accept the facts” and move on. To give up on what would have been a crazy idea. Just the thought of these two old people having a child would have seemed ludicrous and impossible.
But these verses also tell us that:
- His faith didn’t weaken or waiver regarding the promise of God.
- His faith was strengthened.
- He gave glory to God.
- He was fully persuaded of God’s power to do what He had promised.
A - Application
My take home from this amazing passage is this:
“Faith doesn’t deny the facts – it just overrides them”.
Abraham did not deny the fact that he and his wife were old. He knew that naturally speaking, what they wanted was near impossible, however he did not let this reality govern his future.
He held on to the promise and let that be the final say on the matter.
This is so encouraging, and it teaches me/us today that having faith doesn’t mean we deny facts.
Whether it be a bad medical report, or a relationship gone sour, a work crisis or any harsh reality we may be facing.
Denying there is no problem when there genuinely is, is not the solution.
Neither is just accepting that things could never change.
The key lies in believing and trusting in God’s promises over and above the situation we find ourselves in.
P - Prayer
Lord thank you for the example that Abraham gave us. Would you help me today to learn and practice this truth in my day to day life. Help me to acknowledge the facts/realities of life but let me not be governed by them. Let faith in your promises be my ultimate guide.