Faith: Active Waiting

God had told Abram that He would have descendants more in number than the stars. I want to capture that fulfillment in Hebrews 11:11-12.

“By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude–innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.”

This links back to Romans 4:19 which says, “And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.”

There are key components to active waiting. We must keep our faith strong. Romans 10:17 says that faith comes by hearing the word. Repeating God’s promises is essential to undergird and strengthen our faith. Faith affirmations help to keep us centered on the Lord.

We can take a few cues from Abraham’s testimony. He did not consider the impossibilities. Romans 4:20 says that he did not waver through unbelief, and his faith was strengthened AS he gave glory to God for what He was going to do.

Verse 21 says, “And being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” As we wait, we remain active in praise. We continually keep our focus on God’s ability, which nullifies our inability.

Isaiah 64:4 says that God acts for those who wait for Him. The dross of our hidden flesh is revealed through the trial of waiting. We know that from Sarai. She schemed. She thought about how she could hurry God’s promise along. Our flesh, like hers, hates to wait. Therein is God’s wisdom. Luke 21:19 says, “By your patience possess your souls.” He uses our waiting time to purify our faith of flesh-dross that would interrupt His way.

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