A Faith Like Abraham’s – My Daily Bread!
Our call to reflect on the importance of faith is taken from Hebrews 1: 1-2 which reads:
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for”.
What an apt description of Abraham’s complete trust in the Lord! The last two post dealt with (1) Abraham being credited with righteousness because he believed in the Lord and (2) how through testing by the Lord, he grew in his faith; and as a result was able to respond quickly and obediently to God’s call, even to the sacrifice of his son Isaac.
We can learn a few important lesions from Abraham today. The first impressive thing about him was that he did not limit his understanding of God to what he could see or what he had experienced. Abraham learned to view his circumstances from God’s perspective and not from his own limited vantage point. He came to know that relying only on what he knew could lead him down the wrong path. No doubt he appreciated the wisdom found in Proverbs 3: 5-7 which tells us: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes”. So the mark of true faith is seeking God’s perspective first and always and trusting in His counsel and His timing.
The second truth about Abraham is that because of his faith he was able to demonstrate active obedience to the Lord. He did not hesitate when told to leave his homeland or even when he was told to sacrifice Isaac. Our faith must express itself in obedience! And our obedience is directly related to how much faith we have in the Living God. True faith transforms our behavior and our thoughts! If our lives remain unchanged we don’t truly believe God’s truths or acknowledge His power at work in us.
And finally, we learn from Abraham that true faith is about being sure of what we hope for, about being confident of what we cannot see and touch. And even though Abraham ‘did not receive the things promised’ but ‘only saw them and welcomed them from a distance’; (Hebrews 11: 13) his trust never wavered, instead he was strengthened and his faith allowed him to see beyond even the grave!
What a marvelous testimony Abraham is for us today! Through our faith we too can learn to see and savor our God through all of our circumstances. We too can learn to appreciate His perfect timing. We too can experience the power of His Holy Spirit at work in our obedience. We too can live transformed lives devoted to following the Lord where His will leads us, if only we believe!
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