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No wavering in unbelief

By Dale Stonecipher in Redeemer Church 3 months ago | 1861 views Link:

Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

In Romans 4, Paul reminds us that the father of the faithful, Abraham, was justified upon his believing God.  His faith was counted as righteousness rather than his works.  Paul quotes David in saying, “blessed is the man against whom the Lord will not count his sin.”  Amen!!

Paul emphasizes that Abraham’s belief and justification occurred prior to his circumcision, indicating that the justification was by faith alone without any work, including circumcision.

God’s promises to Abraham rested on God’s grace and not on Abraham’s work or on any challenges from his circumstances, including his age.  Abraham and Sarah were old and couldn’t have children but God foretold a child from them who would be the heir God had promised. 

Paul comments that no unbelief made Abraham 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.  Paul encourages us by saying that the words “it was counted to him” were not written for Abraham’s sake alone, but for ours also.  We, too, are justified by faith alone, in Christ alone, by grace alone for the glory of God.

What an example Paul gives us when he says that Abraham didn’t waver in unbelief in the promise of God!  Perhaps Abraham tried to help God out in fulfilling that promise of an heir by going in to Sarah’s handmaid.  But maybe even that indicates that he really did believe the promise.  He didn’t waver.

As we see Abraham’s unwavering faith and then look at our own lives, are we sure that we are unwavering in our own faith?  God has given us many promises.  First is the promise of being justified by faith alone.  Do we believe it fully or do we still have some idea that there are other things we need to do to earn God’s favor in salvation?

He has promised He will never leave us or forsake us.  Do we believe that or do we sometimes question where He is when the circumstances of life seem to overwhelm us?

He has promised He will provide for us.  Do we believe that or do we wonder how we will get by when times are hard?

 He has promised His grace is sufficient.  Do we believe that or do we get discouraged and depressed when things are not as we wished they might be?

He has promised to answer prayer according to His will.  Do we believe that or do we doubt whether he answers our prayers or even get upset when the answer is not what we prayed?

May we look again to the father of the faithful.  May we believe fully in every promise of God.  May we trust His heart when we don’t understand our situation.  May we yield our own desires to His perfect plan.  May we not waver in unbelief.



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