The Realism of Faith
Believers are sometimes accused of 'blind faith'. It is intended as an insult, meaning that 'you cannot see the problems, you cannot understand the issues so you just believe without evidence ... your faith is therefore an excuse for not thinking'. But that is not Biblical faith. Real faith is realistic. It fully sees the problems but refuses to allow the difficulties to overcome the confidence that God can do anything; and that He will always keep His promises.
Abraham was not blind to his aging body, or to Sarah's inability to conceive. Neither was he imagining the impossible as a fantasy. But everything changed when he heard God's specific promise. The promise, combined with what he knew about God's character, was sufficient to strengthen his faith to the point at which he had no doubt that God would do it. And so God credited Abraham as being righteous, as a gracious gift.
God has not changed. He still has the power, and looks for those who will give the glory to Him. Of course, Abraham had a lifetime of making mistakes. But as time went by, he practised believing what God said until he became fully confident in the Lord despite the impossibility. It is the same for us. God does not want us to be blind to the realities around us; but they are also the test of faith. We have to choose to place our hope in His unseen promises - rather than despairing because of the 'realities' of what we can see. It may be that you are facing that kind of test right now. The choice is either despair through what we see or hope through what we believe. Make the choice and be 'fully persuaded' that God can and will do whatever He has promised.
© Dr Paul Adams