16 For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us, 17as it is written, ‘I have made you the father of many nations’)—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18Hoping against hope, he believed that he would become ‘the father of many nations’, according to what was said, ‘So numerous shall your descendants be.’ 19He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was already as good as dead (for he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.
Reflection by Lynne Buell
Our faith always seems to decline when we are going through tough times. But this scripture made me think of the times when I wanted something so much and refused to let myself become too excited of the possibilities if they came to be. I realized that I didn’t have faith that God would lead me down the right path to achieve or accept whatever came to be. Abraham is a perfect example of this scenario. God made a promise, which was kept, to this man and his wife who were well beyond their child-bearing years. The focus is the faith that Abraham had in God’s assurance that he would be the father of many nations.
Just like we should not lose faith in God’s presence when we are troubled, we should also hold onto faith that God will guide us when we are seeking the good opportunities.
Loving God, Give me the wisdom to make good decisions and faith that you are always with me every step of the way—in good times and in bad times. Amen.