Today I read about Abraham and the covenant God made with him, and the exchange in the promise of God and the expectations God had with Abraham. Quite simply – God promised Abraham a line of descendants in exchange for two things: 1) That Abraham believe, 2) Out of this belief, Abraham would follow God.
This morning I’m most affected by the thought of belief and growing in faith. As I think of the upcoming two days back at work, I feel like I’m looking at an uphill battle I can’t win. I am feeling overwhelmed by the demands that I know will meet me at the door, and am dreading the feeling of not having enough time to accomplish what I need to accomplish.
However, I must rely on the fact that there is more than the day to day. I must rely on God and believe who he says he is, and believe his power and might. He is above all of these things. He even promises to help me in my time of need.
So, instead of praying for this time to pass, my prayer is instead for increased faith through this trial. Bill Mounce says:
“Without what is it impossible to please God? Faith; without faith, not without emotion, not without some sort of physical or sensory assuredness; without faith it is impossible to please God. This, you all, is the core, bedrock requirement of righteousness. If you want to know what God’s will for your life is, this is it. That you and I be fully convinced that God is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do, even if it runs counter to everything before our eyes.”
I praise God for this trial. Reliance on God is the only way I can begin to have true faith in Him and His promises.