"No distrust made (Abraham) waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised."
God called Abraham at age 75 to begin a journey that would end not only in a new physical location (far from his hometown), but also as the father of a "great nation." He was also childless at this time, by the way. It took 25 years for that promise to be fulfilled. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS! Wow. 25 might not seem like too long when you're young... but Abe was 75 already! Genesis records a number of twists & turns in his storyline along the way. But Abraham made it. He persevered! And Paul, when he wrote the letter to the church in Rome, lifted Abraham up as an example of faith for us.
Paul shows us how Abraham didn't waver in his trust of God. He gave glory to God, being "fully convinced" that God was able to do what he had promised. Paul doesn't say Abraham thought it was actually possible for him to become the father of a great nation (at age 75+!)... he said that Abraham believed GOD WAS ABLE to do it. It's a HUGE difference.
Palmdale UMC has property to eventually build on. 15 acres worth! We still owe ~$700K on just the land. Building seems light years away right now. But is God able to see this project through to completion? ABSOLUTELY! That's where I need to be focusing my energy and prayers. Thanks Abraham. Thanks Paul. Thanks God!