Read Genesis 24
Focus on verse 7
I have been exhorted on more than a few occasions in regard to having faith to believe that God will bring about a person’s healing or some financial miracle. I whole-heartedly believe that God is capable and even desires to bless His children in such a manner at times. Genuine faith believes that “nothing is impossible with God”. Genuine faith also leaves room for God to bring about the impossible His own way. Where we sometimes go amiss in this is when we begin to dictate to God exactly how He shall bring things about. Yes, Jesus did say that with faith like a mustard seed we can “say to a mountain ‘be cast into the sea’ and it will be done”, however, he also said that when we ask according to Father’s will, it will be done. I suspect that this is where some of us get off the rails.
Few people in scripture had the kind of relationship with God that Abraham had. He was known as “the friend of God”. He spoke face to face with the angel of the Lord on several occasions. His faith was “reckoned to him as righteousness”. When he charges his servant to find a wife for Isaac, he makes a bold claim of faith…
The Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and from the land of my kindred, and who spoke to me and swore to me, ‘To your offspring I will give this land,’ he will send his angel before you, and you shall take a wife for my son from there. (v. 7)
Then in verse 8 he qualifies that statement with a “but if the woman is not willing to follow you…” Now, as it turns out she did follow the servant and it all turned out as Abraham had “believed” it would, but why would Abraham add that caveat if he genuinely believed God would do it? Could it be that God had taught him by experience that His ways of bringing about His promise was not always the way Abraham had envisioned it to be.
Genuine faith believes whole-heartedly that nothing is impossible with God, yet leaves room for God to bring about the impossible in His own way and in His own time.