No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.” vss. 20-21Romans 4:17-25
Paul’s extravagant description of Abraham’s faith stretches our credulity a bit, but there’s no doubt that he believed Abraham was the founder of the Judeo-Christian faith community. From his perspective salvation history began with the faith of Abraham and continued through the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. And now it’s our turn! While grace is the gift of God, it’s our faith that keeps the story alive in our homes and families. That’s not always easy to do! There’s a slipperiness to faith, an elusive quality that can make it difficult to hang on to. Sometimes it may seem that there is no evidence of God’s presence and we can begin to believe that the atheists have it right, that there really is no God, and that believing in a higher power is the height of foolishness. That it’s like trusting that a ninety-nine year old woman can actually give birth to a son! And they’re right! As the writer to the Hebrews put it so clearly, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” We can’t prove faith, all we can do is hold on to it! And so we do! Why? Because it gives us a place to stand in a world of uncertainty. And its blessings are priceless!
Thought for the Day: How has faith blessed me?