There is so much we never see. We all drive cars but how many of us have seen the elaborate complex factories that produce them?
If there were no assembly lines and factories to produce parts there would be no cars. Of course behind all the machines and parts and designs there is a man or woman with an idea. They see in their mind what could exist in reality and they set about to make it all happen.
We drive our cars but how often do we think of the designer? Chances are not even one person who will read this knows the name of the person who first sat down and from their mind sketched out the car they are now driving. The design gets the glory and the designer gets forgotten.
Romans 4:17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations” in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness."
God was the designer. He had the plans. He stepped into Abraham's life and showed him the plans. They were not building plans or plans to make a chariot or car or any other object. They were plans to build a family and nation starting with Abraham as the father. Through this nation the Seed (Jesus) long before promised to Eve would come.
The plans could only be messed up by one thing. There was only one condition upon which all the plans depended. Abraham had to believe God could carry out His designs through he and Sarah. The problem was they were childless. He had to believe it was still possible after he reached the age of 100 and Sarah was 99 and past the years of child bearing. Menopause was in her rear view mirror. Having children was no longer possible yet they were asked to keep believing...
Sometimes plans get altered. Sometimes the original design confronts insurmountable problems and must be changed. God made no changes. Abraham suggested adoption. God said "That is not my design". Sarah suggested a surrogate mother. God said "That is not my design". They were bewildered. They even laughed at the audaciousness of the plan but they continued to believe. Contrary to hope (in made no logical sense to hope) in hope they continued to believe and it was the belief, not the birth, that made them righteous.
In John 6:28,29 some religious folks ask Jesus "What do we need to do to be righteous?"
Jesus replied "This is what makes a man righteous - believe in the One He sent".
Someday God will have fully restored perfect humans living with Him for eternity. In their hearts and minds will be nothing but love, joy, peace, gentleness, kindness, patience, goodness etc. Someday it will happen. It is an audacious plan. The impossibility of me being there staggers me yet against hope in hope I continue to believe. Why? Because the Designer is greater than any obstacles and impossibilities I see.
I believe and that makes me righteous. There are no words sufficient to express how amazing that reality is...
See you tomorrow :)