A Lesson in Faith
By Enigma the Author
Has God ever told you something and you responded, "Yea, right?"
Abraham was 75 years old when God first promised him that he would be a father of many nations. And his wife Sarah? In Gen. 18:11, the Bible says, "...and Sarah was old and well stricken in age: and it ceased to be with Sarah after the manner of women." This means that Sarah was old and her body had stopped doing "baby prep." This idea was so far-fetched in Sarah's mind that she laughed and God challenged her by asking, "Is any thing too hard for the Lord?" (Genesis 18:14).
Has God told you that He was going to perform a miracle in your life and your first response was disbelief? It's easy to believe in God when you imagine what the outcome could look like (or at least you think you can.) It's much more difficult to stand on God's promises when we haven't even thought that far ahead.
Hebrews 11:6 says, "But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." God knows that we will sometimes get the “faith thing” wrong because we often allow our impatience to act outside of God's will. When God has announced Himself in our lives, it's our job to believe what He is saying and to walk in the new facts He has presented us. God doesn't need us to figure out how He's going to give us what He promised.
In Genesis 12:7, God promises Abraham that his seed will inherit the land. In Genesis 16:1, Sarah thinks that God needs help and sends her handmaiden Hagar to give Abraham the son God promised. Abraham was 86 years old when Hagar bore Ishmael. Yet, God told Abraham again in Genesis 17:19 that he would have a son with his wife. At that time, Sarah was 90 years old and Abraham was 99. Finally, when we get to Genesis 21:5, Abraham was 100 years old when Isaac was born.
All God required for this particular miracle, was for Abraham to believe that God was going to do what He said He was going to do. From Genesis chapters 12-20, Abraham's life continued and God moved in Abraham's life in other ways. God spoke to Abraham about other plans, but in God's promise of a son, God needed Abraham to wait and believe.
Often times in this walk, we feel that God has forgotten about His promises to us, or that we aren't doing enough to "help" God along. We have to understand that sometimes, God just needs us to wait on Him because He does all things perfectly and in His time.
This is extremely important for us as entrepreneurs in the faith. God will require for us to keep policies that may seem radical, or to make business decisions that do not appear to make sense. But when we hear from God, we have to make sure that we are obedient and patient. We have to stand firm in God's Word. We have to believe no matter what and know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
About the Author:
Enigma is the Founder and Editor in Chief at Highly and Humbly Inc, a company dedicated to the encouragement and empowerment of the young urban Christian to live a holy and full life. Highly and Humbly exists to be the iron that sharpens iron, building the faith foundation that will strengthen the resolve to live a Christ-centered life. Also a life coach and a motivational speaker, Enigma’s passion is to help nurture a love for God and a desire to live a Christ – focused life.