Hebrews 11:17-19 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God has said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
From the moment God told Abraham to leave his native country and follow an unseen path to the promise of as many descendants as the number of stars in the sky and until the end of his life, Abraham believed God. It didn’t matter that the promise of a land of his own was in the distant future. It wasn’t a concern that he was aging more and more without hope of a son. However, God ultimately came through and fulfilled His promises.
Over time, Abraham stopped grabbing hold of the promises and grabbed hold of God. He knew the character and power of a God who held his life in the palm of His hand. How often we want to give up on God because He doesn’t operate on our schedule. The most important part of God’s promise is our relationship with Him. He desires for us to be satisfied with Him not what He does for us. He is an amazing and awesome God because of who He is not what He does.
“If your picture doesn’t match your promise–and if your promise is no longer believable–invest your grief and your longing, and your hope and confidence in the PERSON of God.”¹
[Read Exodus 1-10]
Exodus 3:17 “I have promised to rescue you from your oppression in Egypt. I will lead you to a land flowing with milk and honey–the land where the Canaanites, Hivites, and Jebusites live.”
Thank You for the example of faith and obedience Abraham’s life provides. Through his faithfulness, we see how You work in people’s lives. We also see Your faithfulness to fulfill Your promises to us. Thank You for the love You have shown us by giving us the ability to approach Your throne through our Mediator and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. Help me when my faith gets droopy. Help me in my unbelief. Amen.