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.
There’s a definite connection between our impossibilities and God’s glory. Actually, one can even say that our impossibilities exist for the manifestation of His glory. If we were self-sufficient, being able to do things without God’s work in and through us, we would be able to boast in ourselves. Why would we need His gracious and powerful work if we can do it ourselves?
Abraham, being the father of all believers, is a prime example and blue print. For example, God gave him the promise that in him “all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 12:3). There was only one major problem, though. Sarai was barren (Gen. 11:30). She could not have any children. How would Abraham be able to experience the fulfillment of God’s promise?
Abraham and Sarai tried to overcome this problem—trying to fulfill God’s promise—by having Hagar, Sarai’s servant, as the one by whom Abraham would have a son. While Hagar conceived a son, God did not accept him as the rightful heir of His covenant promise. Paul even reminded us what the Bible said: “Cast out the slave woman and her son, for the son of the salve woman shall not inherit with the son of the free woman” (Gal. 4:30).
When everything was impossible, Abraham believed “that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told” (Rom. 4:18). Paul even wrote that “he 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” (Rom. 4:19). His hope and confidence was in God, “who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist” (Rom. 4:17).
What about us? Our lives are characterized by impossibilities, not being able to do what is right and acceptable to God: “For apart from me you can do nothing” (John 15:5). Our “nothingness,” though, exists for the manifestation of the Vine—Jesus. He is the Vine from whom all the branches receive life, growth, and fruitfulness.
As we discover more of our inability as a branch, let us be like Abraham, being fully convinced that whatever God requires of us, He will also bring about through Jesus. The branches exist for the manifestation of Jesus’ life and ability. As we believe Him as such, we will give Him all the glory.
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