The God Who Is Able To Do All That He Has Promised

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed…and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

Without weakening his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead – since he was about  a hundred years old – and Sarah’s womb was also dead…

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 (the God who gives life to the dead, and calls into being things that were not – v. 17) had the power to do what He had promised…

Every time I read these verses from Romans 4:18 – 21, I must pause and reflect on them.  Without a doubt they are some of the words of truth from God’s Word that have most transformed my thinking and my faith.

Abraham had been given a promise by God that he would be the father of many nations…

There was just one problem.

He was close to 100 years old and Sarah was close to 90.  Both of their bodies – in regards to being able to have children – were considered to be…

Dead.

Yet, despite these physical impossibilities, Abraham still had a promise from God.  Because he knew that impossibility of his situation did not overpower or nullify God’s promise to him…

Abraham didn’t try to hide the fact of the state of his body…or ignore the truth that was before him…

Rather, he faced the facts…he understood that there were impossible obstacles to overcome in order to receive the promise that God had given him…

But instead of using these “impossibilities” as an opportunity to doubt or become weak in his faith…

He, against all hope, in hope believed…

Because his faith was in God…

The One who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that have never before existed.

The very circumstances that could have caused him to waver in unbelief concerning the promise of God…

Didn’t.

Rather, he was strengthened in his faith, and gave glory to God, and he was fully, absolutely persuaded and convinced that…

God had the power and ability to do all that He had promised.

Wow!

I absolutely love these verses, for in them I am reminded that no matter how difficult, mountainous, impossible, overwhelming or unbearable the situations I am facing are…

They will never be able to overpower or nullify the promises that God has given to me through His Word.

Rather, when I am armed with faith in God, I can also – like Abraham…

Against all hope, in hope believe.

Face or acknowledge the facts of my situation without fear or discouragement…

And instead choose to recognize that this situation is an opportunity – not to stagger about in doubt, unbelief and thereby weaken my faith – but to be strengthened in my faith, to give glory to God, and to be fully persuaded and convinced that the same God…

Who gives life to the dead…

Who simply speaks and that which never before existed comes into being…

Is the same God who has the power and the ability to do what He has promised to do!

You have shattered my chains copy

Here are a just a few of the promises He has given to us in His Word.

And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will Himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.  1. Peter 5:10

And my God shall supply all your needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus.  Philippians 4:19

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say, “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear.  What can man do to me?” Hebrews 13:5, 6

For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin.  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:15, 16

If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things?  Romans 8:31, 32

Yet, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:37 – 39

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to His purpose.  Romans 8:28

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.  For I am the Lord your God…  Isaiah 43:2, 3a

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make a way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.  1. Corinthians 10:13

So, when you are going through circumstances that are difficult…seemingly unbearable…confusing…absolutely impossible…

Remember, that the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which never before existed is the same God who has the ability and power to fulfill His promises…

To you:D