Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead – since he was about a hundred years old – and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God. Romans 4:19–20
Today’s Scripture is a particularly pressing passage but at the same time a very poignant passage from Paul’s letter to the church in Rome. I like it because of Paul’s depiction of the strength of Abraham’s fervent faith in the face of the physical realities of old age. “Without weakening in his faith” and “he did not waver through unbelief” both stand as vivid examples of unwavering faith in the midst of the uncertainty about a promised future. Abraham’s unwavering faith in God was credited to him as righteousness.
Isn’t it ironic how the stark realities of life often challenge our faith because of the difficult situations we face given the weaknesses of our earthly bodies? However, if we can simply stand firm when these challenges arise, our faith will most certainly be strengthened. With each new challenge, our faith muscles are stretched in preparation for the one great challenge marking our lives. Who we are in Christ is not necessarily defined by the blessings that fall our way but by the trials we faithfully endure.
Alzheimer’s disease is such a trial that must be endured faithfully by the patient and caregiver alike. There are good days when I know God has blessed me with clear thinking and a sense of normalcy in my journey through this uncertain valley. But the not so good days always seem to test my faith. On the not so good days, I must hold firmly to His precious promises that He will never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5) and all things work to the good for those who love the Lord and are called according to His purposes (Romans 8:28).
It is truly the perseverance on the difficult days that make the good days such a wonderful blessing. It is also a glorious reminder God how is still in complete control and He loves me more than I can ever fathom. Therefore, I stand firm knowing that Alzheimer’s disease can never take my faith from me.
How are your faith muscles today? Are they weak or are they strong? If they are weak, stretch them by trusting God no matter what the circumstance!