Devotional | Hearing is Believing
A greater faith is produced when trusting in His promises.
Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir." (Genesis 15:2-3 NIV)
"Seeing is believing" a statement we have heard before. If we are honest, we have all probably felt it was true at times. However, in the Kingdom of God we are called to believe before we see.
Genesis 15 is a beautiful chapter about faith. Abraham had been given a promise by God, that he would be made into a great nation and would be blessed. But when God comes to visit Abraham in Chapter 15, Abraham is still childless and has some questions about Gods promise.
Faith is sometimes misinterpreted as a trial or test that must be suffered bravely in silence, waiting upon an unseen God to finally come through. Abraham though, a man full of faith comes right to the point and (respectfully) brings his complaint right to God, because he doesn't understand. "How are you going to work everything together?"
God is not shocked or offended at this outburst. He affirms Abraham, explaining the process by which the promise will be fulfilled, that he will have a son of his own, and that his descendants will be as numerous the stars in the sky. Abraham in response, believes.
"Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness." (Genesis 15:6 NIV)
Faith has a voice that asks how, why, where when. It pursues God and reminds Him of his promises even when life seems to be going the opposite way to the plan. Faith is allowed to have questions, and yet it is confident in things hoped for and is assured about what it cannot yet see.
When God speaks we trust His words because He is good all the time. He is working all things together for our good.