She [Sarah] considered that the One who had promised was faithful. Hebrews 11:11b
Sarah, facing impossible probabilities for childbearing, stopped to consider the One who had made her the promise of a child. That’s a good and needed practice for any of us who wilt with doubt when we see no evidence of God’s promises being fulfilled.
What does it mean to consider God? I consider Him like I might consider anyone who gives me their word about something important. I ask questions. “How trustworthy have then been in the past? Have they ever broken their word? Do they have character traits that would lead me to doubt their promises? How have they been intentional to love me well in the past?”
When it comes to my spiritual life, this exercise is imperative where God and I are concerned. He makes promises that aren’t always realized immediately. In fact, most are not. They require faith. So, I stop to consider and then I remember his track record. I read other’s accounts of His trustworthiness. I ask older saints if God has ever broken His word. I review His character traits and ask myself if someone like Him should be trusted 100% of the time. And finally, I review how He showed His love for me on a hill outside Jerusalem. He gave what was most expensive to make me His ~ the life of His perfect Son.
I’m convinced that sometimes faith is weak because we simply don’t know enough about God. Imagine if the angel had come, not to Mary, but to some other young teenage girl who did not know God at all. Would the Magnificat ever have come from her lips? She would have had nothing to say of much theological magnitude; no theology was tucked away from learning and experience.
If I’m weak in faith, shaky on promises, the fix is a daily IV drip of Living Water. Cumulatively, the effect is huge. A mind washed with the water of the Word does not even think of doubting God. It has been transformed into an entity shaped by divine power. It, by default through years of training and submission, breathes faith.
I consider You where faith is weak and the evidence for trust is ironclad. Amen