Focal Passages: Genesis 22:1-3, 7-14; 26:2-5
Hebrews 11 records that faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not yet seen. Without faith we cannot please God, and we have nothing of eternal value to pass on to others, which is extremely important for the future and for daily living too.
Over the years Abraham had learned to trust God. He knew that God was dependable. In Genesis 22:1 we read that “Some time later God tested Abraham.” Having already learned to rely upon the Lord, Abraham was not receiving a final exam to test it. We each face some “how-far-will-you-go” tests in life, many of which center on trusting God and/or other people. Where do you sense God is testing you now? What are you learning from it? If God has asked you to give up something or someone special, have you obeyed God and found some new reassurance? Where do you get the strength to say “yes” to God when everything else inside of you says “no”?
Philip Yancey wrote, “Faith is trusting in advance what will only make sense in reverse.” Elton Trueblood remarked, “Faith is not belief without proof, but trust without reservation.” Finally, Elizabeth Elliot noted, “True faith goes into operation when there are no answers.” Abraham knew and lived this kind of faith. Our devotion to God should be such that we trust and obey Him, even when doing so is extraordinarily difficult. Abraham knew that he should not hold anything more dearly than his relationship with God. Do you? Did you notice that Abraham’s obedience was immediate (v. 3)? He did not know how God would provide; he simply trusted.
Your faithfulness to God impacts others. It can have a lasting impact on those you may never see in your lifetime. Your legacy of faith can extend into future generations, so hold fast to the One who is faithful and true. Be faithful to our Lord and see the ripples that affect current and future generations.