We don’t even have to consider some things!
By Kari Lewis on August 24, 2017
I don’t know about you, but too often I consider things that I shouldn’t even think about. When I do that, I expend time and effort that is totally wasted. It doesn’t benefit me in the here and now. It doesn’t benefit me in eternity. In fact, it is time spent that is actually detrimental to me. And worse, God is not pleased.
Let me show you what I mean. The other day I was reading Romans 4:19-24, and some different applications of the passage came to mind. I know the passage is talking about the promise of a son and salvation, but I believe these thoughts are in keeping with the spirit of the passage. At any rate, they helped me, and maybe they’ll help you as well.
First, let’s start with the direct quote: “And being not weak in faith, he [Abraham] considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb…”
Now, I love babies and families, but I’m thankful that most of us don’t need to consider having a baby when we’re 100 years old! But as Christian homeschooling moms, there are other things we may face that could seem just as impossible as having a baby at 100. Reading this passage brought to mind several thoughts, some from the present and some from past experiences:
- And being not weak in faith, I consider not my own bank account now empty
- And being not weak in faith, I consider not my own strength now spent
- And being not weak in faith, I consider not my own ability now stretched beyond my comfort zone
- And being not weak in faith, I consider not my own _______ (we can substitute any “impossibility” we’re struggling with right now!)
Here’s the thing, if God has called us to something, or promised something in His word, we don’t need to spend a single minute considering the impossibility of Him fulfilling it!
Romans 4:20-21 goes on to say “He [Abraham] staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that what he [God] had promised, he [God] was able also to perform.”
- When the bank account is running low (or is empty), stagger not at the promise of God that He will supply all our needs.
- When our strength is spent, stagger not at the promise that the joy of the Lord is our strength.
- When our ability doesn’t seem equal to the task, stagger not at the promise that we can do all things through Christ who gives us strength.
No matter what we’re facing, instead of considering our own finite _______ (whatever it is), we should focus on God: His word, His promises, His ability, His power, His love, His providence, His position, His omnipotence. In short, focus on Him! Don’t stagger at His promise through unbelief! What God has promised, He is able to perform!
And, when we believe THAT, our faith is imputed to us for righteousness! One of my favorite parts of that passage is found in verses 23 and 24 where we’re told that “Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for US also…”
Whatever we’re facing, we need to look at God instead of the problem. When we do that, it is much easier to give God the glory and be fully persuaded that what He has promised, He is able to perform! Because He really truly is!
May God increase our faith in all areas!