There is a realm in which we grow strong in faith. It is the realm beyond revelation. In this realm it’s not taken for granted that the word will come to pass, but rather it is a deliberate choosing to believe the word, to believe what God has revealed about Himself and whatever vision He has put into our hearts. This is a realm God brings us into. We find we are no more rejoicing in just the revelation that He has revealed. Almost imperceptibly, we find the earnest expectation, the determination to believe, entering our hearts. It is the same path Abraham walked. In speaking of Abraham, Rom. 4, says:
18 In hope against hope he 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 is a growing strong in faith. This happens in the realm beyond revelation. First, we rejoice in the word, later on, we wrestle with it, and then finally, faith for the word begins to grow in our hearts. It grows until what we have believed springs forth. This is the faith of the mustard seed. Tiniest of the plants, it grows until…
30 And He said, “How shall we picture the kingdom of God, or by what parable shall we present it?
31 “It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the soil, though it is smaller than all the seeds that are upon the soil,
32 yet when it is sown, it grows up and becomes larger than all the garden plants and forms large branches; so that THE BIRDS OF THE AIR can NEST UNDER ITS SHADE.”
Abraham grew strong in faith. In hope against hope he believed. His faith grew in the face of impossibility. “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…” The faith for God’s word is not something we conjure up. He creates it in us through much adversity.
God allows, even sees it to it, that discouragement springs up on a human level. He refines our faith until the human element is burned up. In this realm beyond revelation we learn to believe the word even when God stops reinforcing it to our hearts. It’s believing the word in the vacuum of God’s silence. Things must seem impossible before His faith can begin to live in us. What is impossible with man is possible with God.
25 When his disciples heard it, they were exceedingly amazed, saying, Who then can be saved?
26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
It must be the faith of Abraham that brings to completion all that God has revealed to us. God has no less an expectation for His sons in this hour than he had for Abraham. If we endeavor to call ourselves sons, we must walk the path of sonship just as Abraham did. This is to be our joy and glory. This is the realm of patriarchs and prophets. It is the realm of maturity. Heb. 11 tells us faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. We are to hold the word as dear to our hearts and believe it until we hold Isaac in our arms.