Tuesday, April 13, 2010

FAITH UNLIMITED

THERE IS AN OLD HYMN, Standing on the Promises, that we sometimes sing at our church (Felton Bible Church). One of our previous song leaders would always introduce this hymn by calling the congregation to stand to their feet, because, "We can't be standing on the promises while we're sitting on the premises!" There's some real truth there!

The second verse reads,
Standing on the promises that cannot fail
When the howling storms of doubt and fear assail;
By the living word of God I shall prevail--
Standing on the promises of God.
As Christians we like to say that we stand upon the promises of God and yet when things are not turning out like we think they should we quickly turn to doubt. I suppose this comes from the brokenness of our nature. And as doubters we do not stand alone in the annuals of Biblical history; take the leading personality in our sermon text for this coming week, Abram. (Genesis 15:1-21 is the text at hand for Sunday April 19th, "Lord willing and the creek don't rise!")

In our text we see Abram doubting God's promised provision that Abram would become a mighty nation. The crux of the matter is that Abram is limited by what he can see, which is the barren womb of Sarai his wife. In another way Abram is looking down at the premises before him, while God calls him to look upward to the promises that will be numbered at the stars in the heavens. (Which by my estimation is a lot!)

As we read through the text a powerful reality begins to unfold, an unfolding which will not reach its culmination until the Cross of Christ. God tells Abram to recall the call he had given to him years before while Abram and family were still living in Ur. But this time when God restates the call he placed upon Abram's life, the LORD seals it with a covenant cut with blood. Where God's word should be enough, His WORD will become enough, and once again a covenant will be established and those who believe shall be credited with righteousness not of their own! (1 Corinthians 1:30-31, Philippians 3:9-10, Romans 3:22)

So, what kind of faith do I possess? That which is limited by what I see, or unlimited by trusting in God who sees?
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