Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ 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. This is why ‘it was credited to him as righteousness.’ The words ‘it was credited to him’ were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness - for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification.

- Romans 4:18-25

Faith In The Impossible

This is a tough but encouraging passage. When we read this we can be filled with hope for the promises the the Lord has given to us for our lives. But, the part that gets tough is that it requires faith. Abraham and Sarah waited 25 years after the Lord had told them they would have a child. Can you imagine the pain in waiting that long for a child? Abraham was 100 years old, and Sarah was 90. It doesn't make sense that the promise of a child would be within reach for them. Abraham did not let unbelief take hold, but instead he let his faith grow strong.

A Heart Full of True Belief

What we can take from this passage is that Abraham's faith was counted to him as righteousness. What that means is the Lord looked at his heart and saw that he really believed in the promises of the Lord. He trusted in the Lord's character and chose to believe that what he said would come to pass. Because of that faith and trust, he was seen as righteous and was seen as standing right with God.

The King of Heaven and Earth is For You

This next part is important: "the words 'it was counted to him' were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also." The words written here are for you and for me. The verse continues to explain how Jesus was raised back to life for those who believe. When we have faith like Abraham and believe in the Lord for who he is, that he was dead and rose again, we are counted as righteous. All it takes is having faith. This means trusting God to be for you even when you're not sure what's going to happen. We can trust him in the fact that he is good. Scripture is full the Lord fulfilling his promises. He promised Abraham a child and through that lineage Jesus was born, our savior came directly from that promise to Abraham and Sarah.

Process + Pray

Take a minute and think about things that the Lord has promised to you? If you're not sure of specific dreams the Lord has put in your heart, think about the things that the Lord has promised us through the Bible. He will never leave or forsake you. He will give you everything you need in each moment. Is it easy to stay faithful to those promises? Is it easy to trust that He's going to come through? Take a few minutes in prayer and just ask the Lord for more faith to believe him for the promises in your life. Ask him for more faith to believe in his character that He is good.

My prayer for you is that you would trust the Lord for his goodness towards you, and that he will come through on His promises. He is good, always. There is no exception to this. He loves you and He is good.

- Laura DeGroot