And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
Yesterday we considered Jesus’ Possibilities vs. Our Impossibilities. Today we’ll highlight the essential part that connects Jesus’ possibilities to our impossibilities–faith. Abram’s wife, Sarai, was barren. It was impossible for her to have children. Yet, God had chosen Abram and Sarai to be the means to bring forth His Son, through their lineage. In spite of their impossibilities, God promised Abram: “‘Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.’ Then he said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be'” (Gen. 15:5).
Abram’s response was: “And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness” (Gen. 15:6). Paul, centuries later, elaborated on this as follows: “He [Abram] did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised” (Rom. 4:19-21).
Faith is essential when we’re confronted with our impossibilities, for faith focuses on God’s possibilities and with Him all things are possible. Such faith is the faith that saves and gives all the glory to God.
Author of “An Unfathomable Gift!“