Rom. 4:20,21 – 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.

Have you ever felt like a boxer, staggered by an opponent’s blow? These blows are designed to knock you out. The Bible says that Abraham “staggered not” at the promise of God through unbelief, but rather, He grew stronger and stronger in faith giving glory to God. What was sustaining Abraham through this journey of faith? Could it have been the touch of God? Obviously something major had happened to Abraham. He had left everything in Ur to follow a promise from this unseen Friend. Yeah, something huge had gotten hold of Abraham. Even though his circumstances were impossible, he staggered not at the promise of God. How could the promise to have a son come true when he and his wife were past that time of life to have children. Never the less Abraham wasn’t staggered, He grew strong in faith. How? By giving glory to God. Here is how Adam Clarke describes it.
“He showed at once the correctness and energy of his faith: God cannot lie; Abraham can believe. It is true that, according to the course of nature, he and Sarah are so old that they cannot have children; but God is almighty, and can do whatsoever he will, and will fulfill his promise. This was certainly a wonderful degree of faith; as the promise stated that it was in his posterity that all the nations of the earth were to be blessed; that he had, as yet, no child by Sarah; that he was 100 years old; that Sarah was 90; and that, added to the utter improbability of her bearing at that age, she had ever been barren before. All these were so many reasons why he should not credit the promise; yet he believed; therefore it might be well said, ver. 20, that he staggered not at the promise, though every thing was unnatural and improbable; but he was strong in faith, and, by this almost inimitable confidence, gave glory to God.”
So what kind of “blow” has stopped you in your tracks? Follow Abraham’s example. He didn’t ponder the impossibility of having a child in his old age, He fixed His eyes on the Lord and His promise. He didn’t know how or when it would happen, he just knew his unseen Friend could be trusted.

2 Replies to “STAGGERED”

  1. The journey is a winding one for sure. Perhaps, a stairway to heaven can seem like an escalator to hell. Even then God can choose to dismantle us piece by piece until all semblance of dignity is gone, and the closer we become to fully stripped the more we hold dear every redeeming piece. In that light it would be difficult to say whether someone who has everything or someone who has very little is more susceptible to idolatry. A Solomon in all his splendor or a Job in his grave abasement the greater contingency to control. I suppose our sympathies are a function of this phenomenon. It sets the standard of mercy.

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