“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 promised.” Romans 4:20
Everywhere you go this time of year you see or hear this word. The rest of
the year it’s okay to doubt, but from Thanksgiving to Christmas it’s the season to believe. And
it’s a command! You don’t see signs all over the mall asking, “Won’t you just believe?” or “What
do you believe?” No, right now the message is clear: Believe.
This one-word mandate offers universal approval. Whatever you believe, as long as you
believe in something, is okay: Jack Frost, Frosty the Snowman, or Jimmy Stewart and his
wonderful life. And in the midst of all this commercialism and fantasy, you could even believe
that the Son of God was born to a virgin in Bethlehem over 2000 years
ago…if you’re so inclined.
Abraham was so inclined to believe God. In the midst of a very comfortable pagan life in
Haran, “Abraham went, as the Lord told him,” to the land of Canaan. He arrived to find Canaan
filled with enemies and empty of food! Surely this begged the questions, “Seriously? Did I miss
something?” But through this event and many other challenging situations with Sarah and Lot,
Abraham’s faith grew. These tests and their outcomes strengthened Abraham’s belief in his
When my family and I faced a very challenging situation shortly after relocating to
Florida, we asked those same questions, “Seriously?! Did we miss something?” And we, too,
had a choice to make: to continue to believe in the promise of God or take matters into our own
hands. By God’s grace, we did not waver (much) through unbelief and we trusted God to meet
every need. We give glory to God for the things He has done - greater things than we could
have asked for or imagined. We are “fully persuaded.”
The advertisers have it right: Believe! From Genesis to Revelation this is the command
God gives His people; when you do, it is a wonderful life, forever and ever. Amen.
Prayer Almighty God, You are faithful to keep all Your promises. Strengthen our faith through
every joy and every trial that we may draw nearer to You and bring you glory.