‘Yet he did not waiver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.’ (Romans 4:20)
Abraham was a man to whom God had spoken a promise, yet many years had passed and the promise was still just a word without visible action. His faithfulness in the wait was credited to him as righteousness by God, and he became the father of a nation despite the impossibility of his circumstance. God did exactly what He said He would do, just not quite in the way Abraham likely imagined it would be done. It took several steps of faith in a forward direction before God’s promise was fulfilled well past he and Sarah’s child-bearing years. God faithfully fulfilled the promise He had spoken, and made the impossible possible.
In this present age, if a promise is spoken, we expect it to be carried out – pronto! Our world is so alarmingly accessible that the very idea of waiting for anything leads us to believe that our requests are unheard and our prayers unanswered. Fast food, quick cash, instant messaging, on-demand television, virtually anything and everything imaginable, available with the mere click of a mouse. With so much of our day being consumed by “right now”, the thought of holding onto a promise until its fulfillment is agonizing and arduous.
What I have discovered in the waiting, is that the promise I am awaiting is not all that God has for me. Often, it includes the journey itself. How I walk it out from the the promise to the fulfillment is just as significant as the realization of the promise’s presentation. Am I depending on Him? Do I listen along the way? When I depend on Him, there is joy in the journey. Strength is supplied and peace is provided. When I become self-reliant, the road is rough and exhaustion is eminent. If I truly trust what He tells me, I am amazed by the encouragement and enlightenment He imparts.
Bold belief beyond what we can see or imagine, hope that allows Him to hold our heart in His hands – these are what strengthen faith and provide endurance to run the race. …To run and not grow weary, to walk and not become faint… (Isaiah 40:31) – impossible in my own strength, yet not only possible, but promised in His.
© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present