Recently I contributed a series of devotionals for a group of men from my church. I thought I’d repost them here. It is a five part series around the theme of God being in charge of things.
This is part 4. The other posts in this series are here.
Making the impossible, possible
The theme of this series of devotional studies is How would things look if God was in charge? So far we’ve looked at places and times in history where God had total dominion.
You and I don’t get to inhabit that reality – not yet anyway. We still live in a fallen world but we know everything has been restored by Jesus – It will happen because it has already been secured by His victory over death. For now, we the church have taken the place of the temple, Gods chosen dwelling place among His people as we go about the Kings business and wait for His return.
So if we’re living in this fallen world and we want Gods kingdom to come on earth as it is in heaven what should we do?
Abraham must have had the same questions as us. Promised ancestors that would outnumber the stars when he was a childless old man. More importantly his wife Sarah had some pretty high mileage herself. The bible says in Genesis 15:6 that:
Abram believed the Lord, and He credited it to him as righteousness.
That word believed is really interesting. The Hebrew word is aman. It’s where we get the word Amen. Aman means to agree, to support or affirm something as true or certain. The English translation of believed on the other hand is less than perfect. People believe all sorts of things. Kids believe in Father Christmas, I believe summer this year is going to be fantastic, My fellow New Zealanders and I believe the mighty All Blacks are incapable of losing. None of those things are made certain by belief, yet Abrahams aman made the impossible possible.
Believing or wishing?
Abraham wasn’t just believing in a promise, he was agreeing with God. What gave the promise its certainty was the one making the promise. He accepted that God was true and trustworthy. Abraham wholly trusted the character and nature of God.
The word Amen pops up in 2 Corinthians 1:20:
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through Him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.
When something is true or accurate, and you agree with it – then you access its potential. Like a parachute, you won’t use it if you don’t trust it. When I think about this I’m compelled to take stock of what I’m believing God for and to ask myself whether I’m just wishing in Gods direction, or actually having faith in God? I constantly have to revise my own belief back to faith rooted in the truthfulness of God.
Take stock of your prayer life. Are you agreeing with a true and certain God who has made all manner of promises to us? Or are you wishing in Gods direction?