Today we look at another Bible Character whose life and experiences is worth learning from. Enter Abram, son of Terah from Ur of the Chaldeans. God called him at a time he was about getting prepped to take over Mr Terah’s rich Estate. He was married to Sarai; but the only comma was that Abram’s union with Sarai had produced no fruit as yet. They had no child.
When God called Abram, one of the things he promised him was that he will make of him a great nation. How could a man who was in his late seventies, whose wife was barren, be talking of a great nation when he did not even have a child? It was not feasible to human thinking.
It was not easy at all for the man. In Romans 4, the Bible tells us what really transpired.
Romans 4:19-22 “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”.
The Bible reveals that this man refused to stagger at the promise of God. Why? Because everything around him, everything his mind could garner told him he could not have a baby. He was getting older by the day and as though his own physical challenge was not enough, there was Sarai and in her younger years, it was seen that she was barren. Being barren is bad enough, how about the fact that she had gone past child bearing? Abram was at an impossible situation. It was however his response at this point that was remarkable. He refused to stagger; he refused to let unbelief get a grip on his mind.
Then as times progressed, God gave him the next step. He called him out one night and told him. “A father of many nations have I made you“. The bible tells us that on that night, Abram believed God. He endorsed what God had told him. When he believed, God said; it’s time to change your name.
God said you are no longer Abram but Abraham; from “Assumed Father” to “Father of many Nations”. Abraham began to tell his friends, neighbours and everyone that he had a new name. Imagine what it felt like; this man in his late nineties said he is no longer the “assumed father” we all knew he was and now he is to be called “father of many”; he’s obviously insane isn’t he?
The man was working on his faith; he was shutting off the information from his physical experiences to the realm of God where his “truth” existed. This was unlike Job who rather than stay conscious of God’s hands and protection on him was confessing fear.
The difference between what you see and what was promised you is what you are saying. If you speak wrongly, what you speak is what will show up in your life. Check Abraham and Job, they both eventually got what they were saying.
This is same for every one of us today. Just like Jesus said; you shall have whatsoever you say. Are you saying the right things? Are you saying the same things God said about you in his word?
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