Tuesday, April 26

Faith Stories: The Obedient Faith of Abraham

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise.  For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God. By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised.  Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore....

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son,  of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.”  He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back. (Hebrews 11:8-14, 17-19 ESV)

Through the eyes of faith, Abraham saw God's promises of provision to come as real and substantial, and "greeted [those promises] from afar." He knew that the important promise from God--the real deal--was not the promise of a physical land, but "a better country, that is, a heavenly one." It was God's city Abraham longed for, and he trusted God to provide it, even though he could only see it in the distance with his eyes of faith.

And so God is not ashamed to be called Abraham's God.

Have you posted a Faith Story--someone else's or your own? You'll make my day if you send me the info so I can read it and link to you.

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