How Little Have You Believed God: Gospel Today Devotional - 4th February, 2024

Imagine a child who is on the roof top being told by his father to jump to the ground with the assurance that he would catch him if he does, and the child refuses to jump, you would agree with me that it is no longer the problem of the father, right? The inability of the child to jump down is dependent on his belief in his father. He may be of the opinion that his father would not be able to catch him if he does maybe considering the fact that the man is old or something similar had happened before, and it resulted into a very great damage. Hallelujah. Let me ask you a question, If you were in the child's position, would you have jumped?

That is how it is basically, many times the reason many decide not to do certain things is not because they cannot in the real sense, it is rather because they have come to place little or no faith in those who ask them to do such things. And of course no one would want to risk his life when he or she cannot trust the words of another. What if the child jumps as instructed, and the father doesn't keep to his word, it implies that the child will come to sustain quite a lot of injuries. So you see, if men would really have to do as others instruct them, it would be because they have come to believe their words, and trust them indeed. Praise God.

The problem is not with us not believing men, it is that as believers, we have come to also think that God cannot be trusted. Often times as believers, we claim to know God, and believe his words but in the real sense, we don't. Don't we still find it difficult to trust his words, and obey his command? Today, we shall see from scripture how that we have believed God so little. We have placed little or no faith in him, and how that as believers, we would have to truly trust him. The Lord help us all. The passage of scripture under consideration is seen below,

"And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: [20] He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; [21] And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. [22] And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness". (Romans 4:19-22).

Just look at the time God gave Abraham the promise of having a child, and consider the time this same promise came to pass in his life. If you had been in his shoes as it is popularly referred to, you may have given up thinking that God would not be able to perform that which he had promised. It is like the child in our example who refused to jump even though the father had promised him because he didn't believe his words. Praise God. The reason we do not see results is not because God is not powerful neither is it because he cannot do that which he promises to do but because of our unbelief. You see, the problem therefore is not with God but with us. The reason Jesus was not able to do many mighty works amongst his people was not because he wasn't powerful but because they didn't believe. May the Lord help our unbelief just like the man in the scripture cried whose son had a dumb spirit.

Let's look at our anchor text for today; the scripture says that although the promise took a long time before its fulfillment, the man Abraham wasn't weak in faith, he wasn't troubled. He didn't move for one moment. The scripture even says although he was aging, he didn't consider his body dead, neither did he consider his wife's womb  dead; that he staggered not (he didn't question the promise of God nor disbelieve it at some point) through unbelief but was strong in faith, that is, was fully persuaded that God could do what he promised, and was giving glory to him even though there was no physical manifestation yet. He was fully persuaded, fully convinced.

How Little Have You Believed God: Gospel Today Devotional - 4th February, 2024

He was not doubtful. He believed God, and counted him faithful, and it was imputed to him (Abraham) for righteousness.  He believed God continuously - How many of us can actually do that? Being assured of his words, and promises, don't we still doubt him? Don't we still question his might? Don't we still panic at the slightest challenge? Isn't worry that which takes the best of us? Don't we unlike Abraham stagger at the promises of God through unbelief? Aren't we weak in faith thinking that God is like man? Has God said something to you? Has he made you a promise? Is it taking longer than expected? Is it looking like you have been forgotten? Do you feel discouraged, weak, and doubtful? I have a word for you, do not stagger at his word or promise, only believe for God is able to perform all that he has told you. He is too faithful to fail you. The problem is that you have come to believe too little his words, and too little his person. May the Lord help us to hold on to his words indeed. Amen.

Thought for the day

Do not stagger at God's word and promises to you through unbelief. God would always do as He has promised - even if it tarries.

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