“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” – Hebrews 11:1 (NIV).
Something puzzling yet certain is that sometime believers are faced with circumstances where the odds seem overwhelming. This is not unique. Moses was faced with a set of overwhelming circumstances, starting with the uphill battle of convincing a hardened king to release the Israelis. Then he had to move with a restless crowd through a harsh desert that was quick to lose faith after facing set backs.
The Apostle Paul, too, survived a shipwreck and was often beset with betrayals and imprisonment. And then Abraham aged in years without a child, for his wife Sarah when she heard God promising so, she had as many doubts, as she looked at her bodily circumstances.
About circumstances, so often they threaten to pose like there are impossible to overcome. But from God’s angle, any circumstances are just temporal and quite powerless. There is always a greater force to overcome any circumstances.
For all his might once Moses turned to God the opposition which Pharaoh set before him melted away. The Apostle Paul was delivered through shipwrecks and imprisonment as God came to his rescue. At the appointed time, in spite of all the doubts of Sarah who had seen her body age and lost hope, God came through and enabled her to deliver a son. “Sarah became pregnant and bore a son to Abraham in his old age, at the very time God had promised him” (Genesis 21:2)
Any of us may be faced with circumstances where the odds appear insurmountable. From a physical angle we are as good as finished. It could be a health care crisis. There are financial challenges that people face. It might be opposition welling up against one’s professional progress. Sometimes people face tussles with powerful neighbors over land and other relational issues.
When we are faced with whatever circumstances, we should know there is always a greater power that can make any moot. Life is not all about what is seen by the naked eye. As believers we must not let circumstances dictate our lives with doubts and disbelief, but rather turn to God, “who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20)
Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, faced with circumstances that seem overwhelming I know you are able and greater than any force around and so I am rested for through you I have overcome, this I pray in Jesus name!