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." (www.ligonier.org).
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.