Where Does Your Faith Rest?
Verse 1 Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied.
It may seem funny to learn about New Testament practices by looking at an Old Testament passage yet we need to remember that these practices aren’t really new. Just as we need to get back to the basics of living the life of faith, some of the practices that the early Church put into place, were really just getting back to the basics that their ancestors had practiced. One of those is this topic of walking in faith.
Faith is defined in Hebrews 11, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Natural faith is something we often take for granted in life. We have confidence that a chair will hold us up when we sit down without fully examining it to make sure it is built solidly. We jump in the car and turn the key without checking to make sure that the engine is still there. So why is it that we find a life of faith in God so difficult?
One of the differences in our everyday faith in items and our faith in God is that while we may not see the most fundamental parts of the structures of our chairs or the details of the engine of our car, we can see the main part of it. When it comes to our faith in God, we can’t see Him nor do we always see where He is leading. The reason we trust the chair to hold us and the car to start is that they almost never fail to do what we expect. God on the other hand, seems to do things in the way we least expect.
Abraham was having one of those moments. He had seen God do some of the most amazing things in his life and he hadn’t always waited in faith for what God was going to be doing. One classic example in his life was God telling him that he was going to become a dad even though he was well into his senior years. But Abraham’s faith wavered and he thought he had better take things into his own hands and took his wife’s maid as a second wife, which of course was not what God wanted. Though he did father a son God still had His original plan in play for Abraham and Sarah. They had to wait until they were both well past the age of having children.
God did do what He had said. When we find ourselves doubting what God is doing we need to remember the very thing that allows us to have faith in the chair and the car. We trust them because of how infrequently they fail us. How often does God fail to keep His word?
Making It Personal
How would you define faith? How would you rate your level of faith? What or who is your faith in?
Making It Personal Kids
What is faith? Why is it easy to have faith that a chair will hold you when you sit down? Do you trust Jesus?
Father, thank You for Your faithfulness. It is Your faithfulness that should ensure our faith in You. Give us the wisdom to see the importance in following You no matter. In Jesus’ name, amen.