Believing God or Believing Anything and Everything Else
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.”
Abraham had a doubtful opportunity. As in, his circumstances had lots of room for doubt. He was an old man, he had just been circumcised, and his wife was old old old too. They had been trying to have children for decades.
Then God, a deity with which Abram didn’t have any history except for stories from his grandparents, spoke to Abraham.
When God told Abraham that he’d have a child and that his descendants would outnumber the stars in the sky, Abraham believed God. He didn’t believe his own thoughts or doubts. He didn’t believe the physical discouragements that were all in him and around him. He didn’t even believe what other people told him.
We have that same choice every single day. We can believe what other people say about us, or what our random thoughts tell us. Most of those can be swayed by eating a corn dog or a cup of coffee at the right time.
Or we can believe what God says to us through His word. Look it up and check it out. We are holy and redeemed children of God the Father. He has put His righteousness on us. Let us not waver or shake with unbelief.