I was reminded today that “trust” is not for the faint of heart.
“Trust is a vigorous act of the soul by which we choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them.”
We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!” Romans 4:17-18
Abraham dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life! With a word make something out of nothing! When things looked hopeless, he believed anyway – not living by what he couldn’t do, but living by what God said HE would do.
This is how I strive to live my life – daring to trust, fully believing and always hoping!