As Christians we know we are to walk by faith not by sight. (2 Corinthians 5:7) We are not to be moved by conditions but by the Spirit of God. This appears to be one of those things easier said than done when we are faced with challenges, trials, and situations often contrary to our faith. Our focus is often on that which is “in our face” rather than on what God has to say. Instead, we should get the Word of God “in our face” and also be “face to face” with the living God.
One of the things we can do to help walk out this biblical truth of “walking by faith not by sight” is to model Abraham when he chose to “Consider Not!” Romans 4:19-21“And being not weak in faith, he (Abraham) considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”
Choosing what we will consider in life enables us to walk by faith OR by sight! When we choose to consider the things going on in our lives it seems impossible to imagine anything beyond our circumstances. To “consider” means to reflect or carefully think about something and form an opinion or point of view based upon that reflection. We are not to be ignorant of conditions around us or “pretend” they do not exist. But we should not waste our time in consideration of them. Instead, we should consider what God has said and is doing in our lives.
Abraham was well aware of his age and that Sarah was past the age of bearing children. But God made a covenant with Abraham that he would be the father of many nations. (Genesis 17) Abraham initially laughed to himself when God said they would have a son, finding the impossible difficult to grasp. He therefore concluded God was speaking of Ishmael but God said differently. They would have a son, name him Isaac, and God would establish His covenant with Isaac. Sometimes we place these patriarchs of faith on such a high pedestal we cannot imagine walking in the same great faith but we see in this account even Abraham initially struggled with what God said. But once God made His will clear, Abraham did not attempt to reconcile the covenant with his physical limitation. God told him what was going to happen and Abraham took God at His Word and believed Him.
It all starts with faith. Our faith in a God who cannot fail causes us to – Consider Not! Abraham was able to avoid the temptation to consider the “fact” they could not bear children because he was “not weak in faith”. Therefore he did not waiver at God’s promise of having a son, therefore his faith got stronger and he gave God glory before Isaac was even conceived, fully convinced God was able to do what He promised.
When we have divine revelation on a situation in life we must not give consideration to any deceptive appearances. In other words, when God speaks through His written Word or His Spirit concerning a situation in our lives we must not entertain things contrary to what He says, even though they exist. We must simply not waiver at God’s promise thus we will get stronger in faith and give God glory because we are convinced He is able!
In Romans 4:22-24 it reads “And therefore ‘it was imputed to him for righteousness.’ Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead…” To impute means to “credit a person”, and that whatever is credited now belongs to that person and carries a force or weight in his/her life. Abraham’s unwavering faith to believe in God’s willingness and ability to do what He promised in contrast to his circumstances put him in “right standing” with God. Literally, this means it made him acceptable to God because of his integrity, virtue, purity of life and the correctness of his thinking, feeling, and acting. We should stop here for a moment and let that revelation soak in. Faith in God and His ability makes us righteous!
We are partakers in the same righteousness Abraham enjoyed. It was not just written for Abraham but for us as well. This is beautiful because often we think these accounts of people from the Old Testament are just a commendation of their faith as though what they experienced was peculiar to them alone. But indeed, it is meant to spur us on, to direct and give us examples of how we too can and should walk in faith. There is a condition however. It will be imputed to those “who believe”. We must believe in Him who raised up Jesus from the dead, not simply “know about Him.” We must believe in His power and His ability to do what He promises. Think about this: Abraham believed God would raise up an Isaac from the dead womb of Sarah, and we believe (since it has already happened) the same power was manifested in raising Christ from the dead. In order for this kind of faith to arise within us, we must “consider not” the limitations of this life, but “consider” the limitless possibilities in a powerful God who is alive! All honor, glory, and power is given to God alone!
The account of Abraham and Sarah that Romans 4 speaks of is found in Genesis 17-18 and there is one more thing to inspire us as we begin a new life of “Considering Not”! Genesis 18:13-14 “And the Lord said to Abraham, ‘Why did Sarah laugh, saying, ‘Shall I surely bear a child since I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the Lord? At the appointed time I will return to you, according to the time of life, and Sarah shall have a son.” I hope we not only notice, but grab hold of the truth God spoke “Is anything TOO hard for the Lord?”
No, nothing is too hard for the Lord! Absolutely nothing! This is the prime reason we can be like Abraham and “Consider Not!” We have the extraordinary privilege of living in the reality that NOTHING is too hard for the Lord! Let today be the start of a new day of living in the revelation there is nothing too hard for our God. No matter what we are facing today choose to consider the things of God, and consider not the things of this world!