Hebrews 11:11-12, Romans -25, Genesis 12:1-4, 15:1-6
Abraham and Sarah (Abram and Sarai) were an older couple in their seventies with no children. They had bore this burden and yet they continued to honor God. The part of the story we get to read today happens when Abraham is seventy five years old; God promised Abraham that his offspring will become a great nation (Genesis 12). In Genesis 15, we see Abraham coming to God about the fact that he has no children. When God reminded Abraham of the promise He made, the Bible tells us that “Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.” (vs. 6) Romans – 22 explains why his faith was so powerful. Abraham was very old, as was Sarah, yet Abraham chose to believe that God would keep His promise.
As I read Abraham’s story, I was glued. I wanted to know when God fulfilled the promise He had given to Abraham. When I finally reached the moment that Isaac was born, Abraham was 100 years old! I can see why Sarah’s initial reaction was to chuckle at the thought of having a baby. We consider it a higher risk pregnancy when the mother is in her late 30’s through 40’s. I have to admit that I feel for Sarah bearing a child when she was near 100 years old. My point is that it took 25 years from the first time God spoke His promise to Abraham to the moment that Abraham’s son was born. But Abraham believed God regardless of their physical conditions.
I want to point out that Abraham didn’t just believe in God and believe who He was; but He trusted that when God said He would do something, God would do it. This is credited to him as righteousness. What does that mean for us? If we continue to read on in Romans 4, verse 23 says “The words ‘it was credited to him’ were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness – for us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.” That is powerful stuff! Once again, it is by God’s gift of grace through faith that we are justified. Romans 4:5 says, “However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.” Do you believe God?
Do you believe that there is nothing you could do that would justify your sins? Do you believe that when God says that if we believe in Him and that Jesus’ death and resurrection was for our justification, it is true? If not, call out to God like the man in Mark 9 :24 who said, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”