For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, ‘as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.’
Devotion by Rev. Krista
"What Faith Can Do"
In today's scripture we see an example of the power of faith. The story being highlighted is that of Abraham and Sarah, and how in their old age and barren way, they were able to give birth to "as many as the stars of heaven." Faith is an amazing and powerful concept because it can be held by both us and God. Think about that for a moment.
When we have faith, we believe with our whole heart that something beyond our finite imagination can actually happen. We trust in the process of it happening and we trust in the One who can make it happen. When we have faith, we move forward with some hesitation, but we press our way forward regardless. When we have faith, we hold our breath but slowly release it and allowing the calm to take over.
At the same time of us having faith, God is faithful toward us. God believes in those that s/he created, in the very image of God. God has the faith that we are capable of doing what God purposed us to do. God actually wants to trust us. God's faith in us was demonstrated in the deep love shown by sacrificing Jesus on the cross.
Faith produces some magnificent things. Having faith opens us up to seeing those awesome wonders of God happen all around us.
That's what having faith can do.
God, we say Thank You! We sometimes take for granted your faith in those that you created in your image. We take for granted how much you love us, and we do not always recognize just how faithful and committed you are to those who believe in you. In this Season of Gratitude, we thank you for being faithful to us. We ask that you guide us on how to be more faithful to you. We humbly ask that you increase our faith so we can truly see and experience your wondrous works. Amen.