Although he was not a perfect man, Abraham trusted God to lead him out of his homeland and into a foreign land. God made Abraham repeated promises and established a covenant with him: “I [the Lord your God] will indeed bless you, and I will make your offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore.”
Abraham was often impatient with God, frequently taking matters into his own hands. But through all the tests and disappointments, God remained faithful to Abraham and Abraham’s trust in God grew. Abraham’s faith grew so strong that when God gave him the ultimate test, to sacrifice the long-awaited promised child, Isaac, Abraham made preparations and took Isaac to Mount Moriah. As Abraham took the knife out to kill his son, an angel of the Lord appeared and provided a ram for the offering instead.
We can learn a lot about faith from the story of Abraham. First, tests of faith will often come our way - some may be from God, others from circumstances beyond our control, and others may come as a consequence of our own choices. We will be tempted to lean on our own will and desires, but God will remain faithful to us, showing us the true way. Second, God is pleased when we choose to obey him. Just as he kept his promises to Abraham, he will keep his promises to us. Finally, our faith grows step by step. As we journey through this life with God on our side, we learn more and more of his plan for our lives.
God of our ancestors, we thank you for your steadfast faithfulness to us. When we mess up, you are there to lovingly pick us up and put us back on track. Send your Holy Spirit to guide us and Your Holy Son to walk beside us. Amen
Walking by Faith,