Power to Do What is Promised

“Holding Hope” by Gwyneth Amy

“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what He had promised.” – Romans 4:20-21

This passage is referring to Abraham, whom God had promised to make the father of a nation more numerous than the stars in the sky.  Though he was an old man, elderly really, and still waiting in faith for the wonder that would come, continued to trust and believe that God would do what He said He would do.  Despite he and Sarah’s advanced age, God did as He said He would do; and Sarah bore a son, Isaac.

What promises has He presented to you, that have yet to come to pass?

For me, there are a few that I find quite significant, yet am still in a space of waiting.  Though I believe that He can, I don’t always trust that He will, when all around me points to something quite opposite of the promise that has been presented.

It is indeed essential that I cling to He who has made the promise, and trust that He is able to do immeasurably more than I can imagine, rather than fix my eyes on that which I can or cannot see.  I need to remember to pray with praise as though it has already come to pass.  He is faithful to fulfill what He promises.  His timing is not my own.  He knows what is needed long before I ask, and He alone holds the hope and fuels the faith that grant grace to grasp His glory and goodness, so that I might trust in faith as I wait for the fulfillment.

In the meantime, I am meant to keep moving forward in faith.

Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive my moments of unbelief and grant me Your grace and faith to trust that not only do You have the power to fulfill what You have promised, but that You are faithful forever.  What You have spoken will be.  Today, I again embrace Your grace, and hold onto the hope that only You can provide.  May mountains be moved and many be blessed as each of us are strengthened in our faith.  Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present


  1. Hi Shannon,
    What has God promised me that has yet to come to pass? That is actually a question that I’ve pondered quite a bit lately. Our Community Bible Study class studied Genesis all year, and as I read, researched and prepared to teach on the stories of the Patriarchs and God’s promises to them, I often just sat back in amazement at God’s gracious, generous blessings. No matter what those guys did, God blessed them as promised. Abraham had his promised son. His descendants did grow and develop into a nation in the Promised Land. As promised. I take great hope in the fact that God’s promises are not based on my performance but on His faithfulness. Yet, as we know, all of that took years and generations to fully play out. So, I also wonder how to appropriate his promises for today. Still pondering….

    • Thank you, Judy.
      I so appreciate your insight and thoughts!
      I too, am so thankful that His faithfulness is not based on my performance; for if it were, I would surely have no hope. The most important promise for us to lay hold of is that which has been given by grace, as we choose to trust and give ourselves to Him; our hope of heaven waiting in His outstretched hands.
      Blessings to you,

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