Hebrews 11:1- Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
A couple of weeks ago a friend asked “What causes us to go to hell? Sin or unbelief?” The answer is sin, unbelief is sin because God said to believe that Jesus is Lord and Savior and if you don’t you’re disobeying Him, which is sin.
The saying faith is risky, unbelief is deadly is a very true statement. Many people in the Bible were judged by God and some even died for not believing what He said. Zacharias is an example of the repercussion that comes with unbelief in God. He was the father of John and when told by an angel that his wife would bear a son, he didn’t believe him because him and his wife were old. Zacharias was judged for his unbelief. (Luke 1:20– And now, because you haven’t believed me, you are to be stricken silent, unable to speak until the child is born. For my words will certainly come true at the proper time.”)
When you were a kid and your parents promised you something, you believed them. You believed them so much you would constantly ask them when you were going to get what they promised you. This is the same way that we should hold God to His Word. If God said that He will do it, it will come to pass. Unlike our parents, God will never tell a lie. (Numbers 23:19- God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind.)
At the proper time He and Elizabeth had a son and they named him John. We can’t judge Zacharias though because sometimes when we look at our circumstances, it’s hard to see that what God has promised us will come to pass. Like Zacharias, we don’t believe God. We need to keep our sight on God whose resources are not limited. He’s not limited to what we have or who we are. Let’s rest in the promises of God. When we read the Bible it tells story after story of people who believed God and people who didn’t. You can never please God without faith, without depending on Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Let’s choose today to please God by believing that what He told us will come to pass. Instead of constantly wondering when the promise will come, let’s be patient and thank God that it’s already done. Soon afterwards his wife became pregnant. (Luke 1:24) We have to be content with the promise not coming right away, God’s timing is the best timing.