If ever there was a patient man who developed faith, it was Abraham. God gave him a promise that he would become the father of many nations.1 How long did Abraham wait for the son born to him and Sarah? It was about 25 years.
We read in Romans 4:18-20, 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.'” The problem was that the man was old, but ‘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.’
‘Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had the power to do what He had promised.’
What Abraham displayed was the renewing of his mind (God promised him offspring), and then his body was renewed.
What does this have to do with me? Just this: at the age of 69 a doctor warned me that I will need a knee replacement within three years. Without a medical aid scheme, the news did not go down well. I felt a bit down, but by God’s providence, someone told me about Dr Caroline Leaf. She specialises in the renewing of the mind and brings brain science and the Bible together.
This was one of the highlights of the year for me. Suddenly I had hope. I understood that Jesus still heals. He said to two blind people when He opened their eyes, According to your faith will it be done to you.’ 2
If the mind controls the body, why should I not believe that I will be healed? But that is not the end of the story. I also started watching and listening to Zig Ziglar. Previously I thought he had a ‘prosperity message’ and I wasn’t interested. But I was wrong. Under their influence of those two people, I repented of my ‘toxic’ thoughts. Zig also gave me the hope, that despite my age, something good can still come from my life.
That is why I (and my wife) are currently in this ‘mind gym.’ It is exciting, because God doesn’t only care about the ‘spiritual,’ but also about the physical. And He gave good advice all along, (which I seemed to miss) like, ‘My son, pay close attention to what I say, listen closely to my words. Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart; for they are life to those who find them, and health to a man’s whole body.’ 3
How encouraging! God doesn’t only provide for the future, but also for the present. That is why I am personally so happy with the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He gives hope, He helps, He encourages and He gives us eternal life as a bonus. What a wonderful Father we have!
- Genesis 12:2
- Matthew 9:29
- Proverbs 4:20-21