He Knows What He’s Doing

Is this blessedness only for the circumcised, or also for the uncircumcised? We have been saying that Abraham’s faith was credited to him as righteousness. Under what circumstances was it credited? Was it after he was circumcised, or before? It was not after, but before! And he received circumcision as a sign, a seal of the righteousness that he had by faith while he was still uncircumcised. So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised, in order that righteousness might be credited to them. And he is then also the father of the circumcised who not only are circumcised but who also follow in the footsteps of the faith that our father Abraham had before he was circumcised. Romans 4:9-12

I have read this passage (and even studied it in Bible School) but do not remember coming across this passage: So then, he is the father of all who believe but have not been circumcised.

We often consider Abraham to be the father of the Jews but not of the Gentiles. In fact, he is the father of both Jews and Gentiles, the circumcised and uncircumcised! He had faith before he was circumcised. He had faith in a God he could not see promising him things he really couldn’t believe (that he would be the father of an entire nation even though he was childless into his nineties) in a manner that was highly unconventional.

Then his faith was test with the boy Isaac when he was 12 years old. Trusting God when the outcome looked grim (sacrificing Isaac) was perhaps more than most of us would ever experience.

But Abraham had faith that God did in face know what he was doing. We don’t know the inner turmoil Abraham and Sarah experienced but we certainly know the outcome.

Perhaps right now you are experiencing some anxiety over what God wants you to do. Perhaps He’s shown you already and you just cannot imagine how it would happen. The obstacles you would have to overcome are just too much. There are three options for you then: () remove the obstacles, (2) break through the obstacles, or (3) give up and turn away. That’s perhaps how your prayers should be until one of the three responses is given.

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