Monday, 07 December 2020
“But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul” – Hebrews 10:39
We are engaged in a fight for our lives, we’re contending for our share in eternal life, and in the midst of all the commotion and chaos, still, the things that are not seen are eternal while the things that are seen are temporal. Still, we ought to walk by faith and not by sight, still, we have to live like we believe that we will see the salvation of the LORD in the land of the living, and right there is where it all rises and falls, belief! In the end, we make decisions based on what we believe, whether we believe the promise or not. When you have believed GOD, human perceptions don’t matter, criticism and ill-advice will come but it will not sink one whose hope is in the LORD. It will neither dent nor alter the expectations of the faithful. Because their hope is in the LORD, they don’t shun and scoff at the waiting period and process, they cannot be made to despise God’s way of doing things by unpleasant circumstances. They have believed GOD and will wait on Him. Their confessions don’t change overnight, they hold fast to their confession of faith and inherit the promise through faith and patience.
A lot of Christians, a lot of the time are like Sarah, they create another version of God’s promise because of impatience and unbelief (Ishmael). They convince themselves that it will work out and GOD will accept their version of His promise to them because they just had to make a plan. Why was there so much pressure to just make a plan? Impatience, unbelief, and ‘what will people say?’. GOD is bountiful in mercy, but Ishmael is not Isaac, and will never be. Abraham’s belief in God’s promise regardless of how it was seeming more impractical to hold on to with the passing of time and weakening of circumstances was accounted to him for righteousness. Only faith pleases GOD.
Faith might require you to be in an uncomfortable, unpleasant, and straight-up embarrassing situation for a prolonged period, but will He find faith in the end? What determines whether we produce an Ishmael or an Isaac in the end is the issue of faith. Ishmael is a product of impatience and unbelief, Isaac is a child of promise. All the circumstances surrounding Isaac’s birth were precarious, even after he was born, the test of faith was in full force, oh but Abraham, a man who did not stagger in faith through unbelief but was strong in faith, was and still is a wonder and a champion. He stood on what he believed, if he did not believe, his story would most certainly read different!
What determines whether we produce an Ishmael or an Isaac in the end is the issue of faith