” Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised…” (Romans 4:18-25)
Against all hope, Abraham had hope.
He believed in the promises of God; despite his circumstances, despite his surroundings, despite his fears.
Though his body was “as good as dead”, he didn’t let that stop him. He did not even consider his own body. He didn’t let his physical limitations weaken his faith.
He did not waver in unbelief.
He stood on God’s promises that he’d be the father of many nations.
You see, God is a giver of perfect gifts. He is faithful to keep his promises. And he rewards those who faithfully put their trust in Him despite their circumstances.
Those who hold unwavering will be rewarded richly by God, Himself.
So here I a stand. In the midst of my own struggle.
Surrounded by fears, doubts, physical limitations, and painful recovery.
Yet I don’t need to fear.
I don’t even need to consider my own body.
Because God is more powerful than me. His power is made perfect in my weakness.
My body may fail, but my God never will.
You see, the fact that I am alive and well, walking and talking like nothing is wrong, is a miracle.
How a surgeon can remove a major organ, totally reconstructing my inner parts and teaching them to interact in my body in a completely new way, is nothing short of amazing.
The wisdom they have to know how to do such a procedure; the complexity of my body and the precision is takes to complete such a task without complication..it’s nothing short of divine.
How can there not be a God? Tell me if you can think of another reason for this miracle.
Here’s the thing: I could be missing every limb and organ and still be alive.
Because I’m convinced that my God is more powerful than my body.
Now here’s the other thing: Your body is just that; a body. It is mortal.
Nothing more than skin and bones. As wonderfully complex and intricate as our bodies are, there is nothing special about them.
Death is inevitable, as much as we cringe to say those words.
The beheadings by ISIS, the shootings in streets, the medical complications in surgery, the falls, the accidents, the alcohol poisoning, the public executions of missionaries..
Death happens, you guys. Quick. Without warning. It sounds morbid but it’s the truth. And it’s time we woke up.
Now stick with me because here’s the truth:
They can kill your body. But they cannot kill your soul.
Yes, your soul. The one thing no human can touch. Everyone has one, despite what you may believe.
And though death in inevitable, your soul will live one forever. And that’s where we find peace.
That’s where we find joy and and calm in the midst of pain and struggle. We know that no matter what happens to our bodies, we can still live. STILL LIVE. Do you get that? Because if you did, then you’d be living a lot different than you are right now.
Do not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One who can destroy both soul and body in hell. – Matthew 10:28
You’re soul will live on. No matter what happens. This Earth is temporary, your pain is temporary, and ultimately the only thing that matters is what happens next. Don’t be afraid of this. Embrace it.
So maybe you’re sick right now. Maybe you’ve been given a death sentence by your doctor. Maybe you’re suffering immense pain and don’t know when it’ll be over.
Like Abraham, consider not your Earthly body.
One, our God is a God of promises and of healing and He specializes in making the impossible possible.
Two, no matter what happens to your body, nothing can touch your soul when you belong to Christ.
Be encouraged, my friends. Keep perspective. This pain is temporary. And if you keep on pressing on in faith, then you will see the rewards. You will reap the blessings. You will find the light at the end of the tunnel. Here and in Heaven.
He will take care of you.
He is bigger than your struggle.
He is more powerful than your weak, mortal body.
His power is made perfect in your weakness.
He sees your suffering and He is working on your behalf.
Don’t give up hope. Keep the faith. Fight the good fight and finish the race.
Against all hope, we have hope.