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Believe to See

By Larry R. Lasiter

© 2010

"But he must ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea, driven and tossed by the wind. For that man ought not to expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways." James 1:6-8

God promised a son to Abraham and Sarah when Sarah was 65 years old. Sarahís womb had been barren her whole life and yet now pass menopause she was expected to believe this promise. When God initially gave this promise to Abraham Sarah was carefully listening from inside her tent. When she heard what seemed like a ridiculous promise she lost control and laughed. This did not escape the Lordís notice but when He questioned her she denied it.

Year after year went by and yet Sarah did not conceive. She just couldnít seem to believe that God was able to fulfill His promise of a son. According to the Scriptures it was 25 years later when Sarah was 90 years old that she conceived the promised child.

You might ask what took God so long? But God would answer with the same question, -"What took you so long to receive and believe the promise?" Hebrews 11 tells us that Sarah received the ability to conceive when she believed. Sarah did not believe when she was 65 years old but did finally believe when she was 90 years old. As todayís text says -without expectation no one can receive anything from the Lord. The Bible says that without faith no one can please God, for we must believe He will do what He promises.

Man often thinks this way, -"I will believe it when I see it." But God thinks this way, -"You will see it when you believe it." Sometimes we must be willing to abandon reason and accept miracles and healing just like we accept salvation. It is not about feeling or seeing, but about Godís faithfulness to His unchangeable Word.

As Paul wrote -"We walk by faith, not by sight." Faith is the assurance of things hoped for and the conviction of things not yet seen. By faith God spoke all creation into existence. God is able to speak into existence anything and everything we ask, no matter how impossible it seems. God works best in the realm of impossibility, because there is nothing impossible for God,- if we will believe, we will see.

Iím so glad that God has such a good sense of humor. Sarah laughed at Godís promise of a son yet rather than chasten her He commanded that she name her son "Isaac" which means "laughter." Every time that Sarah called her son she was reminded that she once laughed at what seemed to be a ridiculous promise from God. Let us learn from Sarah and never limit Godís power to deliver on His promises.

 

 

 

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