7/1/11 I Can Never Have
"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."
Oh, woe is me! I can never have enough faith.
Look at the examples I have to live up to:
"By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should
after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither
"Through faith also Sara herself received strength to
conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she
judged him faithful who had promised."
Then there are others in that chapter of Hebrews. How can I ever live up
to the example they set? All is lost!
OK, here's where it gets strange. I start to talk to myself.
Don't despair, Kay! Read about Abraham in the Old Testament. Check
out what he did:
In Genesis 12:13, after God had promised to make out of Abraham a great
nation, Abraham feared for his life. He told Sarah to pretend to be his
sister. He did it again in chapter 20. This was after what was
written in 15:6, "And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for
But, what about Sarah? Surely she must have had strong faith.
No, Kay, not always. Look at chapter 16 of Hebrews. She decided that
God didn't mean she would have a child and she gave her maid, Hagar, to Abraham
so God could fulfill His promise through Hagar. Then, in verse 18:12 of
Genesis Sarah actually laughed at the thought of
having a child. Have you ever laughed at God?
No, never. That would be disrespectful.
Exactly. Sarah did and still Hebrews 11:11 says:
"Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed,
and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him
faithful who had promised."
Go read the Old Testament stories. It will teach you more about what God
expects and wants. Through it you will see how God honors that "mustard
seed" of faith (Matt 17:20) you have. You, too, could be considered by God
a person of great faith.
The Old Testament heroes were not perfect, but they were still heroes.
If you don't read your Bible you won't know as much about God and His heart as
you should. Read read read! The words in the Bible are alive!
They are not old words, they are words for today and tomorrow!!
Thanks, Kay. You are welcome, Kay.
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