Romans 4:13-25 (NRSV)
Verse 13For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith. Verse 14If it is the adherents of the law who are to be the heirs, faith is null and the promise is void. Verse 15For the law brings wrath; but where there is no law, neither is there violation. Verse 16For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us,
Verse 17as it is written, "I have made you the father of many nations") -in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. Verse 18Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become "the father of many nations," according to what was said, "So numerous shall your descendants be." Verse 19He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb. Verse 20No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, Verse 21being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Verse 22Therefore his faith "was reckoned to him as righteousness."
Verse 23Now the words, "it was reckoned to him," were written not for his sake alone, Verse 24but for ours also. It will be reckoned to us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, Verse 25who was handed over to death for our trespasses and was raised for our justification.
“Abraham did not waver concerning the promise of God.” The promise to Abraham was amazing, but then, so too is the promise God has made to each one of us. We are God’s own, and God will care for us all the days of this life and beyond. It seems like such a simple thing, to ask us to trust this promise, yet we make it harder than it is. We couple it with believing the right thing or the right ideas. Simple belief is hard! It isn’t natural; we want more direction! God does not hesitate in love for us, but we find ourselves hesitating to believe at times because it doesn’t fit with what we have been taught or imagine, what we think is right, or, worse, what we have decided is right. God’s promise does not change; it is there for all of us, every day. In believing, we are gifted with that promise. Believe it!
O God, help my unbelief and help me believe in your promise always. Amen.