"Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb. 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. And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God." Romans 4:18-25 (NLT)
I love love this scripture and it has been giving me such hope lately. Here are a few things I'm pulling from it:
Meditating on this scripture passage and realizing that we need to be reminded to “get over ourselves” and that it’s not about us. Abraham BELIEVED God inspite of all the evidence around him (too old, barren wife, what does nations even mean/ look like). God is saying:
1. Come to God with your dreams and plans and then HEAR God's plan and purpose. Abraham was desiring and asking for a son and God was like "not only will I give you a son, but I will make you the father of many nations." God has bigger dreams and plans for us than we can ever have for ourselves. Let's ask Him to reveal His will to us so we are not aiming too low.
2. Look up so you can get the heavenly vision. Look up at the stars. It's possible to be blown away and have a hard time conceptualizing God's bigger plan. So ask God to break it down for you, to help you see as He sees. When we have God's viewpoint, we are empowered to walk by faith inspire of the reality we are facing that may be in stark contrast. Every time we feel shaky and start doubting, we can remember what God showed us. When we walk by faith, we bring glory to God.
3. Don’t scroll down looking at failures/ flaws/ fears/ low expectations/ other people’s expectations/ etc. How often do we get caught up intimidated and distracted by OUR faults and limitations (I can’t/ I don’t know how/ I don’t have/ I blew my chance by getting Ishmael/ I’m too old/young/fat/sinful/etc)? Paul says in Phil 3:13-14, to "...forget those things which are behind and press on toward the high calling of God in Christ Jesus". We have to repent of our failures and sin, and then we have to accept God's forgiveness and restoration and press on! We learn from the past but don't allow it to hold us hostage. Our calling in God is a high calling!
4. This is not even about you & it’s bigger than you. God is thinking generations and legacies and HIS Kingdom. All He wants is for us to believe Him and do our part. Abraham couldn’t have known that out of His lineage, Jesus would come! He couldn’t have even dreamed it looking at his and Sarah's old unproductive bodies!