By Elder Enoch Ofori Jnr
(Sabbath Sermon, 27th Jan. 2018)
Text: Rom. 4:17-25
Bad Times, a Showcase for True Faith
Sometimes in the midst of trials and tribulations life seems like a long dark hole of hopelessness with no light in sight. There appears to be no silver lining in the cloud – it’s all gloom, no glimmer of hope.
Yet it’s at such times of abject hopelessness, when conditions are bleak and the future is looking even bleaker, that God who dwells in His eternal light of glory, looks for sublime faith to wok His wonders in our lives. This is a faith which refuses to give in to despair or impossibility. An iron-clad, unyielding faith!
This was the kind of faith God knew Abraham for. He is not called ‘the father of the faithful’ (Rom. 4:16) just to honour him; it’s not a mere spiritual honorific title. He ‘earned’ it; he demonstrated it. He went through the mill and came out with even finer faith. His faith glowed; it stood firm, refusing to buckle under the weight of undeniable impossibility. He thus became the father of the faithful, the father of those who are FULL OF FAITH in God. He modelled for us the kind of faith God requires of us. That’s the only kind of faith which pleases and impresses God.