Faith is definitely a gift that holds onto a future promise. But it is not limited in this usefulness. I have learned that faith has the eyes of eternity. It can look into the present or the past to see all promise at work. It notices life. If I take the Abraham and Sarah story from scripture I have a word picture of faith. A dead womb was given a promised life. One day life entered it. Then signs of life began. There would be kicking, expansion, hormone changes etc. Soon life and the promise could not be denied.
How many promises has God given you? Do you scour your life to find signs of life? The Psalm show faith’s many views. It looks to all God’s faithfulness currently or in the past. Signs of life should be speaking to you constantly “You remind me” of God’s word of promise.
Using my life as an example; I received a word of promise which has been showing signs of life for 20+ years. The seed was planted thought delivery is still to come. When studying the law and all the traps inherent within it, created by wicked men, fear and doubt can tempt you. I began to ponder just one “seed” promise from scripture. The first prophecy of the Bible in Gen. 3 promised a seed. Warfare began immediately to destroy the promised seed. In the Abraham and Sarah story right after the child promise comes seed warfare by a worldly King. All faith promises will come under fire by a worldly King of some kind. Yet God protected His promise. The worldly King had to surrender. I know my life is not in the genealogy of the coming Messiah but the promise is of the same source and of the same origin. God does not change. Every promise made has the same guarantee of fulfillment because He who spoke it is the most powerful being and does not lie. So in a sense the coming of the Messiah in my promise has the same emphasis as His appearing in the flesh the first time. Heaven is always watching and keeping record of every instance where Messiah must appear in human history. My promise is no less significant than Isaac because God’s credibility is intact. Therefore even distant promises of the past can be mined for relevant faith today. No matter the look faith will bring strength. I wonder how many of you when this Dorean nightmare developed stopped looking to all God’s prior blessings in your life. Did you allow fear and doubt to steal the great wealth out of your past?
Would you have made all the same decisions if you were watching all the signs of life. The promises change your life. Even a dead womb cannot stop the new decisions that have to be made. Diapers, crib, breast feeding, etc. If your faith is active you will not be blind.
I hope it can be said of me “You remind me” to look for signs of life in every direction. God always reminds me whiled the enemy tries to cause me to forget. Well forget it, it’s time to remember!