For the past few weeks we have been looking at the Book of Romans in our Equip Women Bible Studies. Since then I have found myself stuck on one chapter. Well, really, a few verses of one chapter. Do you sometimes find that you perch on one scripture rather like a butterfly would perch on a flower hoping to fly off after a brief taste of the juicy nectar? And then find that for some reason, you are glued to the spot?
This does not happen to me very often. Many times I read through a chapter eager to go to the next one so that I can discover what gems God has hidden there for me – a bit like treasure hunting only much more fun.
I am not sure why I have camped on these verses. Perhaps it all stems from the fact that my word for the year is MORE (do you have a ‘word’ for the year and if so are you still allowing God to grow you through your ‘word’?) Perhaps God is somehow making sure that I get ‘more’ out of His whispers to me than I usually would. So He captivates me with this concept that I can’t seem to get out of my head, no matter how hard I try ( you would think I should know better than to try and resist Him.)
Anyway, I digress. Back to the Book of Romans. In verse 21 of Chapter 8, we are told that Abraham was ‘fully persuaded’ (some versions say ‘fully convinced’). About what? That God could do the impossible and give a couple that was way past childbearing age a son. I looked up the meaning of the two words just to be sure I understood what they meant. Here’s what I found.
Fully – entirely or wholly; that leaves no room for anything else.
Persuaded – to induce to believe by appealing to reason or understanding; to convince.
So, one could say that Abraham was convinced entirely to the point that left no room for anything else, that God would give him a son in his old age and so fulfill His promise of making Abraham the father of many nations. No big deal, right? Wrong. Because everything about Abraham’s circumstances screamed the exact opposite. Too old for reproduction, a barren wife ( perhaps blocked tubes, or endometriosis, or ovaries not working – could have been any or all of these), plus nearly two decades had passed since God initially made the promise. In fact, the bible says there was no human reason left for hope. Still Abraham hoped.
Fully persuaded. I think of the many promises of God that I am yet to see fulfilled in my life. I think of unsaved loved ones. I think of prophecies that as yet live in my heart alone. And I ask myself, am I fully persuaded? It’s easy to look at the circumstances and and wonder how those promises could ever come to pass. It’s easy to get weary with the waiting that is inevitable. But we have not been called to look at circumstances. We are called to ‘live by faith’. We are called to be like our Father, God – the One who calls things that are not as though they were (Romans 4:17). We are called to be people who inherit His promises through ‘faith and patience’ (Hebrews 6:12)
What would it take to make the journey from ‘maybe’ to ‘fully persuaded’? For me, a decision to take my eyes off what’s going on around me and focus instead on Papa (God). A determination to shut my ears to the lies of the enemy, the voice of my fears and to listen instead for my Father’s voice. The courage to trust His methods and timing even when neither make sense. The willingness to go out on a limb And as I listen to His voice bidding me to come, then surely my steps however faltering, will lead me away from ‘maybe’ and closer to ‘fully persuaded’
What about you? Will you join me on this adventure in pursuit of ‘fully persuaded’? For surely heaven applauds our efforts and Jesus Himself awaits us at the finish line with a crown that has inscribed on it the words “well done”.
Loved by the King,