The Promise compelled him to traverse over many a long and lonely mile. Far from everything he held familiar, a loving family and a land where he knew every watering hole and tree for shade. With a tent now his home, and only his wife Sarah by his side, Abraham stood at the door of his tent and faced the rugged, barren expanse with longing in his eyes hoping today would be the day The Promise is fulfilled.
Abraham’s current reality occupies his thoughts every waking moment. He sees it in Sarah’s eyes as she looks longingly at a rambunctious child that belongs to another. It is another reminder of the emptiness that pervades their home because of the child still unborn. He does not deny his present circumstances. He thoughtfully considers every detail. He, Abraham, was just plain old. No denying that fact! His body might as well be dead and buried in a grave. And Sarah? Unquestionably, Sarah’s womb must be shriveled up. To conceive a child is impossible.
For no matter the countless times he recalls The Promise, his existing situation cannot diminish his trust in the promise-giver. On one hand is the evidence of his aging body and Sarah's shriveled, lifeless womb. On the other hand is what he knows about the nature of the One who gave the promise. But when he weighs his present circumstances, against the evidence of the God of Promise who proves Himself faithful time after time, the weight of The Promise incomparably outweighs all the obstacles in his way.
It could be today. It might be tomorrow. But what he, Abraham, knows for sure. The Promise will come.
Acknowledging present circumstances is not a lack of faith.
It is the accepting of circumstances outweighing
the faithfulness of God, that
our steps spin into the wall of unbelief.
Romans 4: 19-21 NASB
Without becoming weak in faith he (Abraham) contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.