Romans 4: 13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 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 Sarah’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.
This teaching jumps out of the book of Romans and gives us Abraham’s advice. He is the prime example of following through with faith. He took God at his word regardless. Don’t stagger at the truth of God’s word. It won’t fail. If we stand in that faith, there will be a performance of his promise.
We quickly found when we got saved that a whole lot comes against us. Life is not devil free. We might have thought that we’d have a path free of him; it would be nice, but on the contrary, if we trust the Lord we’d best get ready for the battle of our life. There is a daily struggle, a cross to bear. Jesus had a virgin birth and lived a sinless life. He did it all with the whole world against him. That’s how we were. Before we were saved we were critical of the church and God. Remember the excuses we used to stay away from God? Now that we’ve been saved, we’re on the winning side, but it is a side with struggles. The devil is now our enemy. He’s against us and uses everything he can to defeat us. If he can get us to stagger in our faith, he could break our tie with the Lord and we’d fall on our face. He worked on Job, and we’re not exempt.
We can’t consider the failure of the body. The physical fails, but not God. We can count on the value of gold today, but we may not be able to count on it tomorrow. We’ve got something more stable to trust in. God doesn’t stagger. He doesn’t exaggerate. We need to believe him and take him at his word. We can’t have confidence in the life around us, but we can have it in God. Why should we stagger? There is no excuse. If we find our faith weak, we cannot blame God. We are not untouchable. Satan accused God of making Job untouchable. He wasn’t. The devil can’t do just anything he wants to us. You and I can live for the Lord in spite of the devil, in spite of ourselves.
By the world’s standards, by nature’s standards, Abraham was too old to have a child. However, God had promised. We feel half dead sometimes, but nothing has changed with God. He’s the same as he’s always been. The body may stagger, but the soul doesn’t have to. Don’t let the devil get to you. Abraham staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God. Abraham had strong faith. He wasn’t a super hero. The devil would have us think others have more faith, but we all have a measure of faith. We need to exercise it and realistically believe God.
Abraham credited God not himself. To God be the glory, great things he hath done! Sometimes we elevate Abraham, but he had his struggles and valleys. He made mistakes. We make mistakes. Abraham came back and kept on keeping on. We can keep on serving or we can fall away like many who have let the devil stagger them. We know that in the last days there will be a great falling away. We see it happening. There is a great push to get us away. The signs of the end are there; we know them, but the time of the Lord’s return is known only to God. The promise of his return will be fulfilled in due time. Sometimes we put a stopwatch on God. When we read Abraham’s story, we see the struggles and conflicts everywhere. He was in a jam every which way he went. He had a lot to weigh him down, but he didn’t stagger. He didn’t depart from the faith.
If you stagger now, you’ll lose what you have. Keep on track. Continue in the faith. If you get slack and entertain questions about God and his promises, it can fester and rob you of your relationship with him. God’s throne is established in heaven. The reason we don’t hear him is we don’t listen close enough. His is a still small voice of authority, the voice of reason. When he speaks, other voices have to be silent. Abraham heard the voice of God and believed. God promised and against hope, Abraham believed in hope. By doing that he didn’t consider the deadness of his body.
If we begin to stagger, we can fall. Determine if your footing is shaking and not on even ground. Tune out the world and focus on God. Listen to him. God has provided a sure, even foundation to stand on. Others may reel and rock, but we don’t have to.
What will it be? Stagger or stand? To stand, review your faith.