Skip to main content

Romans 4:21: Fully Convinced That God Was Able To Do What He Had Promised

Romans 4:21
[21] fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. (ESV)

How do you personally define faith? Maybe you think faith is something that you will hope will happen. Perhaps you are afraid to say with any degree of confidence that anything is worth your complete and total trust. At best you may think that faith is a blind leap in the dark, hoping that you will land on solid ground.

I love how the Apostle Paul describes the faith of Abraham. Abraham was fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is complete and total faith in God. When he did not see the end result that God had promised he knew that all he had to do was wait. If God said he was going to do something there was an absolute certainty in Abraham's heart that it would happen.

Martin Luther was a great man of God, who was particularly enamored with the writing of the Apostle Paul. He defined faith as, "a living, bold trust in God’s grace, so certain of God’s favor that it would risk death a thousand times trusting in it. Such confidence and knowledge of God’s grace makes you happy, joyful and bold in your relationship to God and all creatures." (

Our world will inundate you with "reasons" to doubt the promises of God. Our culture regularly undermines the character and nature of our God. Remind yourself today of what faith really means. It is not a blind leap. It is not something that we wish or hope for. It is absolute certainty and confidence that God is able to do what he has promised.

Are you lacking in your faith? Draw close to the Lord. Where there is unbelief ask him to help you. He will grant you the gift of faith. I have absolute certainty that he is able to do that. He has promised it in his word. 


Popular posts from this blog

Romans 8:18: For I Consider That The Sufferings Of This Present Time Are Not Worth Comparing

Romans 8:18 [18] For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us. (ESV) Perspective. What an important word. Let's be honest. We do not like the idea of suffering. We will do almost anything to avoid any kind of suffering. Some churches have gone so far as to preach against the idea of suffering, declaring it to not be a part of the true believer's life. Paul is not shy about the topic. Paul uses the sufferings of this present time as a means to consider the greater glory that awaits us. Perspective. Paul is not in any way attempting to diminish our suffering. A view toward eternity puts our suffering in a proper understanding. Yes, our suffering is terrible. In the grand scheme of eternity it is not even worth comparison. Maybe you are thinking that Paul does not know what he is talking about when it comes to suffering. In 2 Corinthians 11 Paul describes countless beatings, often near death,

Romans 11:24: For If You Were Cut From What Is By Nature A Wild Olive Tree, And Grafted, Contrary To Nature, Into A Cultivated Olive Tree . . .

Romans 11:24 [24] For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree. (ESV) We continue looking at the illustration of an olive tree. The root of the tree is the covenant relationship relationship of God with Abraham. Abraham's faith is what this spiritual tree is built on. The first branches would have been the faithful people of Israel, who like Abraham, placed their faith in God. They believed God, just like Abraham, and it was credited to them as righteousness. There were branches of the people of Israel who never placed their faith in God. Because these branches were not true followers of God they were broken off of the tree. Faith in God was the essential element that made the branches true branches of this spiritual tree. Some branches remained. Others, the faithless unbelievers, were removed. After Jesu

Romans 15:20-21: And Thus I Make It My Ambition To Preach The Gospel, Not Where Christ Has Already Been Named

Romans 15:20–21 [20] and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else's foundation, [21] but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.” (ESV) We need to be reminded continually that the message of the Gospel is intended to move all across the world. Jesus said that his followers were to preach the Gospel, starting in Jerusalem, and continue preaching the Gospel to the whole world. Christians have not always been good at delivering the Gospel message as far and as often as they should. In the first century church it took intense persecution to motivate the disciples in Jerusalem to bring the Gospel to Judea and Samaria. Once the disciples fled to new regions they shared the Gospel wherever they went. Would the disciples have preached the Gospel without the persecution? We may never know. Some probably would have stayed in their co