Updated: May 7, 2020
As humans we forget how big and powerful God is all the time.
We pray for big blessings and prayers for God’s provision, and when He shows up we don’t give him the glory for pulling through in ways we don’t even deserve. Then the next time we need divine intervention we forget the ways he has already answered and repeat the cycle again. Sound familiar to you? This cycle does for me for sure.
Recently as I have been reading through the book of Romans, I have seen a lot of content relating to that principle; the lack of glorifying God through our triumphs and the unavoidable mountain of unbelief we all must conquer and face.
This morning Romans 4:20-21 particularly stood out to me.
“No unbelief made him (Abraham) waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith and he gave glory to God, fully convicted that God was able to do what he had promised.”
The promise God had given Abraham was that he would be the father of many nations. However after 100 years of no actions toward the fulfillment of that promise, God telling Him he would have a kid with His barren wife with whom he had been trying to have a kid with for a lifetime, seemed like a far fetched fairytale.
If anyone had to deal with the feelings of God being silent or God failing to answer his promises, it was Abraham. The mountain of unbelief that had established its presence in Abraham's heart was enormous, just like it might be in some of our lives and hearts. For many of us the doubt would be enough to make us turn our backs on the promises of God. But not for Abraham. Listen to verse 10. “No amount of unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God.”
Look, your issue isn’t that you face unbelief (and btw you never have to fake that you don’t in the presence of God).
It is ok to question and it is ok to wonder in the presence of God.
It is ok to cry out and say “Lord I want to believe you and your power so desperately but I don’t.” (Matthew 9:24 “Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”) In fact, in most cases in the Bible that is exactly what those who experienced God’s hand working in their life did because despite how much we think we understand God’s timing, we really don’t.
To see God answer our prayers means first surrendering our expectations of the way and time with which we will see Him fulfill it.
Through whatever doubt or season of silence you are facing, keep showing up.
Keep bringing your doubt to the feet of God.
Sit in His presence in the silence and wait on Him to pull through. It is by continually walking in the footsteps of God despite the feelings and the “lack” of the fulfillment of the promises of God in Abrahams life that His relationship with God grew. It was in the seasons of silence that “he grew strong in his faith and he gave glory to God” and became “fully convicted that God was able to do what he had promised”.
So if you are a doubter like me and its so easy for you to forget that God makes no mistakes and that waiting on God’s timing does not mean that he is not answering; I challenge you to write this verse Romans 4:20-21 everywhere.
Store this verse on your notebooks on your lock screens, on your IG’s, and on your heart. Write it on the walls. Do whatever you need to to not forget. (Deut. 11:18)
In the midst of your unbelief give glory to God.
Watch Him pull through when you stay present in the silence.