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Dear fellow believer

You may find yourself on the verge of something very exciting. Your reliance on the false security this world has to offer, has been shaken. You do not know what to do next. In front of you is a closed door; beyond the door lies the unknown.

Abraham was given the promise of a son, but this promise did not materialise – at least so it seemed. Abraham did not deny his predicament; 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”. (Rom.4:19) Sarah’s womb was dead; Abraham was about a hundred years old; conceiving their promised child was out of the question. Abraham had to acknowledge the worn-out nature of his body.

Abraham did not despair though. “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed” (verse 18). He put his faith in “… God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not” (verse 17). Abraham did not doubt God’s ability to create something out of nothing.

His unwavering faith was “credited to him as righteousness” (verse 22); against all odds the son of the promise was born and, through this act of unwavering faith, Abraham became the father of the faithful.

We often judge God’s ability through the eyes of our inabilities. When we do not see a way out, we start doubting God. However, God does not need anything to do anything; He simply “calls into being things that were not”.


Friend, your dilemma is your great opportunity. Your dead end is God’s beginning. Do not doubt, for one moment, in God’s ability to do for you more than what you can ever imagine.

Gerhard Papenfus

18 May 2020