As part of our Believing God homework, we're to read Romans 4 twenty times before the end of the study. I read it for the 10th time this morning. The words "he faced the fact" stood out to me, as if I'd never seen them the other 9 times. "Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he "faced the fact" that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead.Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
I was reminded that when we are believing God for something He told us He would do, we aren't denying reality. We aren't living in a fool's paradise. Believing God means looking our struggles right in the eye and saying "Yes, but God said to me...."--several times a day if necessary. The thing is not to arbitrarily pick a promise and believe God for it without involving God in the process. Our struggles and weaknesses are opportunities to seek God's face and heart. Once we hear from Him, we can be like Abraham and be fully persuaded that God has power to do what He has said to us; we can be strengthened in our faith and give God the glory even while facing the facts.