“And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. Then Abraham fell upon his face, and laughed, and said in his heart, Shall a child be born unto him that is an hundred years old? and shall Sarah, that is ninety years old, bear?” Genesis 17:15-17
I’ve made foolish decisions in my life because I lacked faith and did not believe God in what He had said. My mouth said I believe, but my actions often betrayed me. It seems we are willing to go to the edge, but we are not willing to take the next step of faith. I remember when I was just married and our church had a missions conference. I sat there the whole week and heard messages on how God uses His people to give to those who spread the good news of the gospel to other parts of the world. The speaker gave testimonials of how God used the missionaries and the money that was given to missions to have an eternal impact. I was excited, but was waiting for the catch.
The catch came when the preacher told us that we needed to give as God led us. I thought, “I knew there was a catch”, but God started to work in my heart. By the end of the week, my heart was changed and I could not wait to be a part of this blessing. I wanted to give and I wanted to see others reached with the gospel of Christ. I had not been called to be a missionary, but I could become an active participant in God’s work. I decided to pledge $20 a month, which I felt would not hurt me financially, but would give me the best of both worlds. I could give to God, but also not have to sacrifice too much of my money. I walked out of church feeling good, until I came back to church the following Sunday.
Apparently, I had not looked at the card closely enough, and I learned my commitment was for a weekly amount and not a monthly amount. I had pledged $80 per month instead of the $20 I had thought. This was a bit more than I wanted to swallow, and I thought of ways to retrieve my commitment card, but it was too late. I lacked faith that God would provide, but I never missed a month and I never missed a meal. I saw God do some miraculous things that year, and I marveled at the goodness of God. Psalm 37:25 states, “I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.”
If we go back a few chapters in Genesis, we see that God promised Abraham that his offspring would be so great it could not be numbered. Abraham and his wife saw no way that this would happen, so they attempted to take things into their own hands. Sarah offered her handmaid to her husband Abraham, so his name would continue on. Abraham agreed to this plan and went outside of God’s will to “help” God keep His promise. God needs no help in fulfilling a promise, and His way is always best. He sees what we cannot see as Romans 11:33 states, “O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out!” We often get into trouble when we lack faith and we know faith is required of us as Hebrews 11:6 states, “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.”
Do you trust the promises of God? Do you seek to create your own outcomes because you lack faith in God? Do you simply and humbly take Him at His word, or do you foolishly try to make human sense of His vast knowledge? Are you willing to wait for God to fulfill His promises, or will you suffer the consequences for your lack of faith? God will do amazing things if we will simply take Him at His word. Will you please Him with your faith? Will you be rewarded for diligently seeking Him, or will you miss out on the blessings of God? May we trust our God who cannot fail, and not lean on our own understanding.
Stay in the fight!