6. God defines our reality, not circumstances or feelings
The apostle Paul refers to Abraham as a wonderful example of faith:
“In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.
That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”” – Romans 4:18-22. When we believe God it means we consider what God has said and we allow that to define our reality. We don’t go by feelings or circumstances, just like Abraham did not let his own or his wife’s old age determine what was possible with God. He trusted God to fulfil His promise rather than looking at the circumstances. Believing God means that we focus on God’s character and what He can do. As Tim Keller says, “Faith is not the absence of thinking, but it is thinking and acting on the basis of the word and promises of God”. Abraham shows us how important it is to consider God’s word, “that God was able to do what he had promised.”
Are you going by feelings or circumstances rather than letting God define your reality? Are you meditating long and hard on God’s promises, or are you consumed with your problems? Are you allowing the word and promises of God to shape your thinking and acting? God will get you through the hard times. God’s word gives us strong encouragement to face the harsh realities of life. The next time you feel like running away from your problems consider what we’ve seen from these chapters in Genesis. God is doing a good thing in the hard times by revealing the quality of your faith. He really does see what you are going through and He cares. God’s hands are not tied – He is great and powerful.
Through faith in Jesus you are offered the greatest privilege available to mankind: an intimate relationship with your Heavenly Father through every season of life and beyond. God promises to take care of your problems when you put Him first and live in a way that honours Him. Don’t let difficult circumstances or feelings define your reality. Allow the word and promises of God to shape your reality. “The Lord will rescue me… and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom. To him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.” (2 Timothy 4:18).