Face the Facts, Hold on to the Promise

Romans 4:17-21 NIV

As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. (18) Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” (19) Without weakening in his faith, 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. (20) Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, (21) being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

1.HOLD ON GOD’S PROMISE

2.HOLD ON TO THE PROMISE GIVER
Colossians 1:11 MSG

We pray that you'll have the strength to stick it out over the long haul—not the grim strength of gritting your teeth but the glory-strength God gives. It is strength that endures the unendurable and spills over into joy.

2 Corinthians 1:20 NLT

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” (which means “Yes”) ascends to God for his glory.

ローマ 4:17-21 JCB

聖書に、「神はアブラハムを多くの国民の父とされた」とあるのは、この意味にほかなりません。神はどこの国の人でも、アブラハムと同じように、神に信頼する者をみな受け入れてくださるのです。神ご自身が、すなわち死者を生き返らせ、未来の出来事をすでに実現したかのような確実さでお語りになる神ご自身が、そう約束しておられるのです。(18)神はアブラハムに、「あなたに一人の男の子を授けよう。その子から多くの子孫が生まれ、偉大な民族となる」(創世15・5)と言われました。この時アブラハムは、そんな約束はとうてい実現するとは思えなかったにもかかわらず、神を信じました。(19)彼はその信仰によって、百歳の自分がもう父親になれる年ではないとも、また九十歳の妻サラが子どもを産めないとも思いませんでした。 (20)アブラハムは少しも疑うことなく信じ、そのことがまだ実現しないうちから、その祝福のゆえに神を賛美しました。(21)彼は、神の約束はどんなことでも実現すると堅く信じました。