“Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.” Galatians 3:6.
Life was difficult. The ground was hard. Rain was scarce. It was the smell of oxen, the stench of the sheep, the gathering of firewood, and a thatch roof with too many leaks. Life was filled with winters that were too wet and summers that were too dry. He worked in the field from the time the sun came up until well after it had set in the west. He had fought for everything that he had but he had fought along side his kinsmen and that was something at least. He prayed to God. He prayed often to God, but it seemed the heavens were as hard as the ground and he didn’t have a plow that could dig a furrow in the clouds. Except one day, God spoke to Abram and Abram believed the words that God spoke.
Abram’s name was later changed to Abraham. He fathered sons. He accumulated incredible wealth. He became a mighty warlord and a man that King’s respected. The transformation in Abram’s life began with belief.
“But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6
God is simply saying, “Your belief is what I am looking at!”
“I can do all things through Christ which strengthen me.” Philippians 4:13.
Moses was intended to be successful, but a rough turn of events caused Moses to flee for his life and he ended up living in Midian. Day end and day out, he followed his fathers-in-law’s flock across the desert with a heart full of regrets and mind tormented by a bitter spirit. If he tried to express how broken his heart was, his tongue would cleave to the roof of his mouth. He was living in despicable times. But God set the desert on fire to see if Moses might believe him even in the middle of tough times?
Failure is a liar. Despair is a liar. Heartbreak is a liar. The devil is a liar.
“…Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God…for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before God day and night.” Revelation 12:10
What you believe about God can change your story. Abram could have stayed where he was, and he could have scratched out a living along side his cousins and nephews. But instead Abram believed God and became Abraham, father of a multitude.
Moses could have lived out his days hiding behind the skirt of his father-in-law hoping that word would never reach Pharaoh as to his whereabouts. Or Moses could have believed God, confronted his biggest fear, and delivered millions from slavery.
Circumstances and predicaments can form the quagmire that cements you into a faithless, unproductive existence. You can give voice to your shortcomings and others will chime in. Or you can give voice to faith and God will join in!
Moses was abandoned by his mother in a river full of crocodiles. He was raised by a strange woman in a foster home. He murdered a man in a fight. He had a speech impediment. He called the desert his home. Anyone of those would have been enough to bury us in a mountain of regret and self-doubt. But when he chose to believe God, he grabbed the snake by the tail and confronted his past. God did the miraculous in his life. God can do the same in yours. Your yesterday does not have to dictate your tomorrow.
This week, I’ll be praying for you (that’s my part) but your part is to pick up a scripture, a promise and quote it to yourself. The bible says in Romans, 10:17 “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Look at yourself in the mirror and speak the word of God out loud…let’s see what God can do in your life!