Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. Romans 4:18,20-22 (NLT)

Abraham was told when he would be the father of many nations when he was 75 years old and when his wife was officially barren. His human mind would have normally baulked at this thought….he would have thought it was impossible. And it was, in human terms. But Abraham was looking at God and his promises. He believed that God could do what he said he would do. It was 25 years before Abraham held Isaac in his arms. 25 years! For 25 years he waited and believed.  Through this time, Abraham didn’t always make the best decisions and he sure made some mistakes but that is not what mattered to God. What mattered to God was his faith. God saw that Abraham believed in him and because he believed that God could and would do what he promised, he was a favored son. Can’t help but wonder what my faith would look like after 25 years of waiting for God’s promises to come to fulfillment.

–Elaine Kapetanakis

Written by Diane Levy


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