“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”
When a bird is learning how to to fly, it must stay away from what it can see (fences and trees), and trust in the buoyancy of what it cannot see (the air). Otherwise if it tries to stay within easy reach of the ground and that which it can physically see…it will never actually fly as it should.
God had to bring Abraham to the end of his own strength and let him see that with his own body he could not reproduce. Eventually Abraham said of himself that his body was “as good as dead” (Hebrews 11:12) and therefore he could do nothing but trust God to give him an heir.
In the moment Abraham looked away from himself and trusted only God, he became “fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised” (Romans 4:21)…and indeed Abraham bore a son.
This type of faith is what God is teaching us. And He constantly keeps physical results that are encouraging away from us in order that we will learn to trust in Him without them.
It is when we stop believing in the physical evidence of His power and simply put our faith in Him that God (the Showman) loves to make His Word real to us through the fulfillment of what we have believed.
It is my prayer today that we will not ask God to prove the truth of His Word to us by showing us physical evidence, but that it will be enough for us to know that His Word is true simply because He said it is so…amen!