The faith of Abraham pt.1
By Ivan Ho. 7 July 2018
About couple months ago few people were praying for me. One sister in the Lord gave me Romans 4:20. Another sister saw me being blindfolded. Third one saw me digging through some mud with precious silver underneath.
So I interpreted God’s prophetic word based on the faith of Abraham as illustrated in Hebrews 4:
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
Romans 4:16-22 KJV
I believe this is the kind of situation I myself and some of us are facing right now. Some time ago, God has given us the promise either through words of prophecy, dreams, visions or directly through the written word. We have come to a place in our life where we cannot physically see how God’s words would ever be fulfilled. We are like the blindfolded man who must learn to walk by faith and not by what we see. In fact, the more we see with our physical senses, the more impossible it would seem. Abraham was about 100 and his wife Sarah was about ninety years old and naturally speaking, her womb was closed. Yet many years ago, God made a promise to Abraham: “In thy seed shall all nations be blessed”.
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ.
Galatians 3:16 KJV
It is at the point of seemingly impossible circumstances that many would give up. It is like a man digging through the mud and he is about to abandon the digging as all he finds are mud. Everything around us at times seems muddy and lacking in clarity and direction. The danger is to give up at this point instead of carrying on in faith, knowing that the precious things we hope for are underneath all the challenging circumstances.
He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.
Romans 4:20 NKJV
If we, like Abraham, will not waver in unbelief, hold on to God’s promises and continue to walk by faith, we will surely see fulfillment of God’s words in our life just as He says. God gives his words and it is done!
Two weeks ago, a group of 12 boys and their soccer coach were trapped inside a cave in Chiang Rai in Northern Thailand. The young football team was discovered by British cave divers on Monday night. They have been trapped for two weeks after being blocked in by rainwater while exploring the cave.
Since then, a team of international divers were sent on a mission to try to rescue these boys and their coach. According to reports, there were concerns that the boys, some of whom reportedly cannot swim, may panic while passing through murky floodwater in a labyrinth of jagged passageways that have challenged the most experienced of divers. Sadly, one Thai diver, saman Kunan, who ran out of oxygen died on Thursday night as he was delivering air tanks through the cave network, highlighting the dangers of an underwater extraction.
Despite the hidden dangers and extremely difficult circumstances, I pray and believe for FAITH and perseverance for the rescue team to negotiate through the muddy waters and get to these boys and bring them out alive.
Giving up under these circumstances is not an option as there are precious lives at stake.
Update 10 Jul 2018
On Monday 9 Jul, the day after I shared this post and prayed for them in Jesus name, the first 8 boys were rescued from the cave by the team of divers. On the following evening of 10 Jul, the remaining 4 boys and their 25 year old coach have been brought out safely as well after more than 2 weeks being trapped inside the cave.
They were once lost and then found, and now saved. Praise God!