“Abraham did not waiver in trusting the promise of God…and so it was credited to him as righteousness. Now the words ‘it was credited to him’ were written not only for Abraham, but also for us.” ~Romans 4:20-24
Faith isn’t needed for the things we can see, it’s needed for the things we can’t see (Romans 8:24). So, what’s left for us to believe in? The one who made the promise. If I believe you’re going to take me to dinner at my favorite restaurant, it’s not because I believe in dinner or in the restaurant, it’s because I believe in you.
Abraham had faith in the promise of God, because he trusted the God of the promise.
When I was asked to write a new screenplay faster than any I’d ever written before (it’s slated to shoot just months from now), I anxiously prayed for help. Yes, God had opened doors for this project, but that didn’t mean I knew how it would all play out. I’ve learned to trust in God, not my assumptions about what he’s doing.
I nervously scheduled a screenplay reading by actors, which the executive producer would attend. Everything hung on its reception. Somehow I managed to finish the script, and then read it straight through it for the first time.
It was a mess!
“God, you brought me this far,” I prayed, “and it’s your project, so please keep leading!” And then I began to edit the mess. Almost immediately my anxiousness began to dissolve. Yes, the script was a mess, but somehow it worked. I just needed to chip away (as the old saying about sculpting goes) everything that didn’t belong.
So I did just that–with a remarkable sense of God’s leading–and two days later wrote in my Journal, “I can’t fully express how grateful I am for His presence, but I have to try. Because to look back later and say, ‘I came through in the pinch!’ would be to forget what really happened. No, make that Who really happened.” A skeptic might say, “Oh, you’re just spiritualizing your intuition.” Nope. I’ve had years to learn the difference. My vibes are about as dependable as fortune cookies. God’s promises, on the other hand, are as solid as stone (and considerably less stale than fortune cookies).
The screenplay reading affirmed what I’d written in my Journal. It was clunky–no one had read it beforehand, so they stumbled over my brilliantly clever dialogue (he said humbly)–but people laughed throughout, and at the end, they applauded! I felt something even better than exultation: I felt relief. Afterward, our executive producer took me aside and said, “Good! Now let’s make a movie!”
I’m so grateful for God’s leading on this project. But even more than that, I’m grateful for his presence. I have faith in the promise of God because
I trust the God of the promise.