Duane Vander Klok
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
If you have read the book of Genesis, you may remember Abram and how God told him to leave his father’s house and his people to go to a land that God would show him. God promised that, if he did that, He’d bless him and make his name great.
Think about it: Abram could have had no idea where God was leading him or what he would go through to get there, but he had faith and obeyed anyway! Abram faced challenges over and over again that seemed impossible, but he kept his faith in God and didn’t stop. Later, God changed his name to Abraham saying, “I have made you a father of many nations.”
Romans 4:17-18 tells us this came to pass because “Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing. Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations.” One version says that “when there was nothing left to hope for, Abraham still hoped and believed.”
You might be thinking, “That’s great, but what does it have to do with me and my life?” I’m glad you asked!
It is human nature to want the promises of God to happen right now, automatically. There may even be a promise that God has spoken to you – or a dream He has put in your heart – but you have been standing on it, waiting to see it come to pass, and it hasn’t happened…yet. It may even seem impossible.
Today, even if it seems like there is no hope, be encouraged to keep your faith in God. Remind yourself of the things He has already done in your life. Continue to follow Him and do what He shows you to do each day. Just as God was faithful to Abram, He is faithful to you.