The Impossible Made Possible

2 Mar

 

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me and be blameless. I will confirm my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” –Genesis 17:1-2

It’s hard to keep believing in the vision God gave when weeks, months, even years pass. It looks like He has forgotten – or perhaps we misunderstood. We go through all kinds of doubts, justifications, and possibly accusations.

“Did I do something to lose His favor?”

“Am I so out of step with Him that I deluded myself into believing something that wasn’t real?”

“Is God really loving, caring, and a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him?”

These questions are natural and are part of the process God uses to grow our faith. He is not offended by our doubts and confusion, but desires that we go to Him with those questions, drawing near to Him in our deepest times of reflection, disillusionment, and frustration.

Abraham and Sarah balanced on the edge of doubt and belief. They tried to manipulate God’s will when he tarried, creating a messy situation with Hagar and Ishmael that God ultimately redeemed.

But their experience is a cautionary tale for us – and a ray of hope that God is the God of the Impossible. When all hope is lost, when all logic is used up, when it appears that there is no earthly solution, He stays true to His word and fulfills His promise.

Hopefully we won’t have to wait as long as Abraham and Sarah for the vision and promise to unfold, but it will certainly seem like it! Take your impatience to Him and talk with Him about the pain & doubt, and commit to Him each moment when it seems He is far off.

He is faithful and will appear. In the words of Peter, let us…

… not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3:8-9 NIV)

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