“That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.”
But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”
(Romans 4:16–25 ESV)
It’s a big part of theological discussion these days to attempt to parse out what really happened at creation.
I don’t get too dogmatic about it, I wasn’t there… though these days I often feel like I was born shortly thereafter.
There are two things however I am very dogmatic about, by faith.
God did the creating, and He created “ex nihilo”…from nothing.
There weren’t scrap materials and creation tools laying around at the dawn of time waiting for someone to cleverly use and assemble them.
There was nothing but nothing and our God called into existence all things that are.
He didn’t stop making something from nothing at creation…Paul tells us that He did so with Abraham…and He’ll do so with us.
Abraham and Sarah were old…so old they needed a category beyond “elderly”.
God promised them a child.
Sarah heard the promise and in the fashion of healthy, logical, rationalist, she laughed.
He believed in spite of all the reasons why it was impossible, because he believed the God who proved His chops at creation.
We know the end of the story and we know God kept His promise.
He still keeps His promises…even when they require that He create something from nothing to do so.
“For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.”
Where there is…
There is is God who is able to create what you need out of nothing.
Make your own application…