by: Timothy Vazquez
Romans 4:21-22 (NLT) He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.
What does it take to convince you of something? I am not talking about just being half-heartedly convinced, but so convinced that you would be willing to stake your life on it. I believe that the Apostle Paul, the writer of Romans, was one of many followers of Christ that was fully convinced when it came to the Gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
In the passage of scripture above, the Apostle Paul writes about another man before his time that was also fully convinced: Abraham. Abraham is known as the father of our faith, because it was through his faith and through his seed that God separated a people for Himself through which He would eventually offer salvation to the world through the birth of the Messiah, Jesus. A promise was made by God to Abraham, and it was one that was pretty hard to believe. Abraham was seventy-five years old when God promised to make a nation out of him and his wife, Sarah. It would have been a pretty good miracle for Abraham and Sarah to have a child at their age, especially with the added fact that Sarah was barren and couldn't have children. If Sarah would have conceived right there and then, that would have been an amazing miracle! But as God reminds us, His ways are not our ways and are so much higher than ours (Isaiah 55:8-9). So it would be another twenty-five years before the promised child would be conceived and come into the world. Abraham was one hundred years old and Sarah was ninety years old when baby Isaac was born. Yet through it all, Abraham remained fully convinced that God would do just as He said and God counted him as righteous for believing Him.
How about you? Are you fully convinced about God's promises? If God says something, then you have to know that it will absolutely come to pass. I want to believe like Abraham did, don't you? It's not foolish faith or wishful thinking to fully believe that God will do what He promised, but rather a logical conclusion when you look at the preponderance of evidence. God has a one hundred percent perfect track record when it comes to fulfilled promises. Most of the promises in the Old Testament have been fulfilled with some prophesies and promises about the end times still waiting for fulfillment. It is the safest and wisest thing in the world to trust God. Whenever you are facing a serious situation or circumstance, or when you are in trouble with no way out in sight, do what Abraham did and be fully convinced that God will see you through because He has promised that He would take care of the righteous (Psalm 34:15). The righteous are those that are full convinced that God is able to do what He promises. The question is, are you one of them? Make sure that you are by believing in our most trustworthy God!
Pastor Joey Vazquez