One of the most interesting verses in The Bible was recorded by Paul about Abraham.  God had promised Abraham, not only a son, but also a future nation.  How did Abraham respond?

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed …

Romans 4:18

How could that be?  If Abraham was against hope, how could he hope?

Paul goes on to tell us.  Abraham realistically looked at his body.  He understood he was about 100 years old.

He looked at his wife’s body and understood she was way beyond the usual child bearing age.

Then Abraham looked at God and knew The Truth.  God was ageless.  God was timeless.  God could do anything.  God was faithful, not only to create, but also to deliver.

Abraham did not believe in his body or his aging wife’s body.  He believed in what God promised to do through their bodies.

Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that 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 had power to do what He had promised. 

Romans 4:19-21

Abraham was strengthened in his faith.  He gave glory to God.  He was fully persuaded God had Power to do what He promised.

I have been going through some serious dental challenges.  I have been looking intensively at what the dentist forecasts.  

I have been trolling the net for better news and finding, instead, even more dismal news.

I have put all my nurse knowledge together with that of my nurse husband and still come up empty.

I have been searching scripture in a proof texting way, hanging on to any scripture that would seem to line up with what I want.

I have been really facing what I thought were facts.  And I was hoping humans would give what, in Truth, only God can give.

In all the frantic searching, I have not been giving Glory to God.

Tonight I heard Him say in my spirit.

Be still and know that I am God.

What are you seeking?  Are you seeking a cure or seeking Me?

Who has The Power to heal?

What are you fully convinced of?  Whose report do you believe?

What have I promised you?

Do you believe I can do what I promised?

Do you believe I will do what I have promised?

I am still struggling, but I know the birth of wonderful things is always preceded by a time of labor.  I am in labor.  

Jesus is my labor coach and He tells me to keep my eyes on Him.  He can already see the Joy that’s about to be delivered!  I am hoping against hope.  And Hope never disappoints.

Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. 

Hebrews 1:1

About carolynpriesterjones

Follower of Jesus, Seeker of Truth, Commentator on Life, Light Bearer, Water Carrier, one of God's Creations still under construction

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