Being Fully Persuaded
“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” (Romans 4:20-21, NIV)
Paul tells us that Abraham refused to stagger, sway, or become unsteady in his belief in God’s promise for a son. In reality, Paul chose to overlook Abram and Sarai’s self-effort, their attempts to help God (Hagar and Ishmael), and the years between his birth and the birth of the child of promise (Isaac).
Many of us do what Abram and Sarai did at first – stagger with unbelief and get tired of waiting on God. And eventually, the weight of our problems is more than we can bear. We sway in fear when confronted by Goliath-sized challenges or meet Satan, the roaring lion, face-to-face.
Most of us have had moments when we vacillated between belief and unbelief, when our situation seemed impossible. Like Abram and Sarai, we must realize that we stagger when we attempt to walk in our own strength. Why? Because we’re holding on to our disappointment and frustration about God’s timing. We’ve refused to fully trust God and surrender our situation to Him.
Staggering in unbelief, we become confused and walk in circles away from our destiny. We may even find ourselves with an Ishmael. When we lose our balance, it’s easier to stumble and fall. If we fall we are an easy target for Satan. We hang a sign around our necks that says, “I am weak and vulnerable.” Like the lions on the plains of Africa, Satan is looking for the weak. When we refuse to be moved by fear, then Satan will move on looking for easier prey.
Child of God, are you like Abram during his years of self-effort or like Abraham waiting and fully persuaded that God’s Word is true? Have you come to the place where you are convinced that God is faithful – that He will honor every promise He made in His Word? I encourage you to trust God, believe His Word, and be strengthened in your faith. Become fully persuaded and watch as Satan staggers and trembles!
Lord, thank you for the unchanging power and truth of your Word. Help me trust and rely on you in all I do and to be fully persuaded. Help me to walk in unwavering faith that I may not stagger or waver. Through the blood of Jesus and in the name of Jesus I pray, amen.