No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.”
— Romans 4:20-21ESV
Are we “fully convinced” that God is able to do what he had promised? Abraham let nothing of unbelief stir his faith in God. He had a strong conviction that God would do everything he said he would. It is natural to have doubts and questions. But the Holy Spirit asked me if I let circumstances and what I deem as reality, sway my faith. I can sometimes say, “Yes.” I can give in to doubt, worries, or concerns. My thoughts lead my heart and from it, I respond. We can know in our minds, the knowledge of God’s promises, but if it doesn’t hit our hearts, we will waver and our conviction is compromised.
Many of the reasons why I can let circumstances rule my conviction, is because my perspective and thoughts were not taken control of by Christ. When I let my thoughts run free, they tend to look to negativity and sway me from God’s promises. What can I do to be fully convinced?
- Look for signs. The Pharisees asked Jesus for signs, but He said none would be given except for the sign of Jonah. We too may ask for a sign to confirm, and sometimes we have been blessed with one, most other times we need to see the signs God had put along our path that show that He is there. They show, who God is. They help us to grow in faith in God.
- Take control of thoughts. 2 Corinthians 10:5 says we are to take every thought captive and make them obedient to Christ. When I let my thoughts run wild they make me think of some really crazy and outlandish things. I need to keep my thought life submitted and obedient to Christ.
Dear God Almighty, thank you for your Son Jesus. Thank you that you have given us the Holy Spirit to guide our thoughts. We come before you asking you to help us remember your signs along the way. Help us to keep our thoughts in check so that we can meditate on the things of You. Build our faith in You. We love you and ask of this in Your Name, Jesus. Amen!