Mom & Dad truly lived by faith. There were so many times when things looked physically impossible and in the natural realm they were impossible! But they believed in the promises of God and trusted Him to provide in whatever situation they were facing.
I was reminded this morning of the Scripture in Romans where Paul talked about Abraham's faith. Even though he was an old man and Sarah was an old, childless woman, he did not waiver in his faith in God. God had told Abraham that he would be the father of many nations and Abraham knew that God would fulfill His promise to Abraham.
Of course, Sarah came up with a way to help God out. If you read the account in Genesis you'll see that she told Abraham to sleep with her maid and her maid would bear him a son. It happened and Ishmael was born but that wasn't God's way. It wasn't what God had promised.
Don't we do that so many times? We grow impatient and think we need to help God along? I've done it myself with disastrous results! God knows what He is doing and we just need to obediently wait with passionate patience.
I know that the Mom & Dad's killers will be brought to justice. I keep thinking I should be doing something to help bring that about. But in this case there is truly nothing I can do. I just have to wait and trust God for His timing.
Romans 4:19-25 (The Message)
Abraham didn't focus on
his own impotence and say, "It's hopeless. This hundred-year-old body
could never father a child." Nor did he survey Sarah's decades of
infertility and give up. He didn't tiptoe around God's promise asking
cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up
strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had
said. That's why it is said, "Abraham was declared fit before God by
trusting God to set him right." But it's not just Abraham; it's also us!
The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One
who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The
sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.
Consider these words of Jesus:
Matthew 5:43-48 (The Message)
"You're familiar with
the old written law, 'Love your friend,' and its unwritten companion,
'Hate your enemy.' I'm challenging that. I'm telling you to love your
enemies. Let them bring out the best in you, not the worst. When someone
gives you a hard time, respond with the energies of prayer, for then
you are working out of your true selves, your God-created selves. This
is what God does. He gives his best—the sun to warm and the rain to
nourish—to everyone, regardless: the good and bad, the nice and nasty.
If all you do is love the lovable, do you expect a bonus? Anybody can do
that. If you simply say hello to those who greet you, do you expect a
medal? Any run-of-the-mill sinner does that.
a word, what I'm saying is, Grow up. You're kingdom subjects. Now live
like it. Live out your God-created identity. Live generously and
graciously toward others, the way God lives toward you."