From these stones
Luke 3: 8
8 Therefore bear fruits in keeping with repentance, and do not begin to say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham for our father,’ for I say to you that from these stones God is able to raise up children to Abraham.
The phrase “ from these stones God is able to raise up…,” really stood out to me as I read through this passage of Scripture this morning. I began to think of how many times I felt stone cold, lifeless, defeated, weary. Life is just plain hard sometimes. There have been many times in my life where I just couldn’t see a way out of a situation; many times, I couldn’t figure out the next step. There have been times in my life when I was so overwhelmed by the swirl of things happening which I had no control over. I would just curl up inside, like a turtle retreating back into its shell, hoping for the best, but fearing the worst. Every time that I would muster the strength to open the Word of God, He would give me something from it to hold on to. One of these times in particular, I remember coming across a verse that has become one of my mainstays:
“God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist. 18 In hope against hope Abraham believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; 20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.”
There are so many hidden gems in this passage of Scripture. First, we see an extremely powerful description of God: God, who gives life to the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.
My beautiful God has encouraged me when I thought all hope was gone. He brought this description of Himself to my mind and whispered, “you may feel dead, Carole, but I will breathe life back into you again.” When I couldn’t see how He could possibly work things together for good, God would whisper to me, “You don’t have to see it, Carole, for I am the God who calls into being that which does not exist; you just need to see Me. Fix your eyes on Me.”
Second we see that Abraham was completely aware of his own weakness, considering his own body as good as dead, and Sarah’s womb, too. But he did not weaken in his faith for He was fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. And so I can feel so weak, so dead, like a stone at times; but God is able “from these stones to raise up,” whatever He wants to from within me.
And so I do, fix my eyes on Him. I will hang my hopes upon the One who hangs the earth upon nothing. Life feels so fragile, like a single fallen snowflake, beautiful beyond description, but delicate.
And I will wait, and watch and believe the God who has never failed me, in all my years. For He truly is the God who raises the dead and calls into being that which does not exist.