He [Abraham] did not waver in unbelief about the promise of God but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God. He was fully convinced that what God promised he was also able to do. (Romans 4:20–21)
Abraham is an example of someone who was fully convinced that God would do what he had promised. That is conviction. Abraham ordered his life according to his conviction, and he experienced the blessing of God.
Conviction is a key component of faith. When a person lacks conviction, their faith wavers. James wrote, “My brothers and sisters, consider it nothing but joywhen you fall into all sorts of trials, because you know that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect effect, so that you will be perfect and complete, not deficient in anything. But if anyone is deficient in wisdom, he should ask God, who gives to all generously and without reprimand, and it will be given to him. But he must ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed around by the wind” (James 1:2–6).
From a practical standpoint, we must have the conviction that we serve a God who sees and provides. When he gives us assignments, when life is hard, when we feel as though we cannot go on; we can be confident of experiencing his provision. Paul reminds us, “The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24, NIV).
Throughout all of Scripture we see God working in and through people and circumstances. He can be trusted. He can be depended on. He is faithful!
Today, ask yourself:
In what areas of my life am I not fully convinced that God will do what he has promised? Take a moment and give those to God, asking him to strengthen your conviction.