" You must have faith," people say. However, what does that mean?  " Believe in yourself and all that you are,"  wrote one positive thinker a century ago. "Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle." As nice as that may sound, it falls to pieces when it crashes into reality. We need a faith in something bigger than ourselves.

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God promised Abram he would have a multitude of descendants (Genesis 15:4-5), so he faced a huge obstacle, he was old and childless. When he and Sarah got tired of waiting for God to make good on His promise, they tried to overcome that obstacle on their own. As a result, they fractured their family and created a lot of unnecessary dissension (Genesis 16:18-21).

Nothing Abraham did in his own strength worked. But ultimately he became known as a man of tremendous faith. Paul wrote of him, "Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him,  "So shall your offspring be" (Romans 4:18).


Abraham's faith was in something far bigger than himself, the one and only God. It's the object of our faith that makes all the difference.


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