He Staggered Not

walking-sunset-shoes-900Romans 4:19-24 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

Reading through Hebrews and Romans, we see one common teaching point, which must be the foundation of our Christianity – faith. There may not be a greater example of faith in Scriptures that that of Abraham. He was called by God to leave His home and homeland. He was given an amazing promise. He followed, not even knowing where he was going. And yet the passage above says that in all of it, He believed God. He didn’t stagger (To hesitate; to begin to doubt and waver in purpose; to become less confident or determined). Without a GPS or destination in sight, he walked strong. With no child, but the promise of a great nation to his name, he stayed steady. When it was long, and trials came, he was fully persuaded that what He had promised, He would perform.

Abraham’s example of faith is a tremendous model for us today. Peter tells us that we, too, have been given exceeding great and precious promises. With these, let us walk in faith, not staggering, and with nothing waivering. When He calls us to step out or leap out in faith, let us follow in faith. When it seems long, we must walk on. When it doesn’t make sense – and many times it won’t – we must walk on. When it hurts, we must walk strong. Might we not be “roller coaster Christians”, who sway and ride the ride of emotions. Let us be fully persuaded that he that hath begun a good work in us will perform it. He will do and fulfill what He said He would. Let us be “faithful to the end”, with full assurance in faith and God, because He can be trusted. Might I be faithful to the end, starting today.

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