And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He 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 had promised, he was able also to perform.
It’s easy to make empty promises. We can say that we are going to do something when we have no intention to actually do it. Or we may think we will be able to keep our promise and end up failing to keep it. Sometimes we make a promise we know we can’t keep because we want to appear capable or willing to help or give a certain impression to other people. But our broken promises are just another example of our own weakness and inability.
But the same is not so with God. God’s promises are not empty, but full, because they are always fulfilled. He is able to keep every promise He makes because He has unlimited ability and power. He is faithful to keep His promises because He is a reliable and trustworthy God who does not try to trick us or deceive us. He doesn’t make promises to appear a certain way, but He actually will perform everything He says He will do.
Abraham is used here as an example of a strong faith because he wasn’t focusing on what he could see about his situation, but trusted that God could see something more than an old man and a woman past childbearing age. Abraham did not doubt that God would do everything He said He would do, even though everything he knew about his situation made it seem so impossible. He was completely convinced that God would come through, and so he lived his life accordingly.
Do we believe God’s promises with the same kind of faith that Abraham had? Do we know for sure that God will do what He says He will do? Or do we just say that we believe that and then behave as if we don’t? Are we trusting God for salvation because He promises to forgive us if we ask Him to? Do we trust that God is enough because He promises that He will meet our every need? If we’re merely proclaiming our faith instead of acting it out, let’s seek to make it a reality in our lives. Let’s look to God’s Word to gain an understanding of His promises and ask for His help to grow our faith and trust in Him. As we learn more about God, as we are more aware of His working and His methods, and as we experience a closer relationship with Him, we will be able to live with the same kind of confident faith that Abraham had.