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 – Romans 4:18
The Apostle Paul’s thoughts about Abraham’s faith in Romans 4 show that Abraham believed and trusted in the God who gives life to the dead, and calls things that don’t exist as though they already existed. Against hope, he believed in hope; meaning that even when it was naturally hopeless for him to have a child, at nearly one hundred years old, he created substance out of his hope. And that’s exactly what the Bible says faith is: “…the substance of things hoped for…” (Hebrews 11:1).
Hence, when the Bible says, “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness,” it isn’t just talking about mental assent or believing; it’s dealing with faith. It means, he made an unqualified committal to Yahweh (Jehovah); he cast himself on the Lord, expressing absolute confidence and trust in Him. Abraham made positive and real, that which he had pictured from afar. This was how he received the miracle of a son: he believed God had given him a son even though he was yet to see him with his physical eyes.
Therefore, when God changed his name from Abram to Abraham, he promptly adjusted to his new status. He began to introduce himself to others as “the father of many,” even though physically, the child was yet to be born. That was how he translated his hope to faith and eventually realised the promise.
Like faithful Abraham, you’ve been called to the faith life-style, and faith requires that you create substance out of hope by acting as though God has done what you asked for. Faith requires that you say “yes” to God’s Word and live accordingly.
Confession (Faith’s Proclamation)
I’m what God says I am. I can do what He says I can do, and I have what He says I have. My faith is the evidence that every blessing of God as stated concerning me in the Word, are my present-hour possession. I’m in the centre of God’s will for my life, where all things synchronize and function to my advantage, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further Study/Reading: Romans 4:19-20