Text: Hebrews 11:8 -19
The obedience of Abraham to leave his home and go to a place he will later receive for an inheritance is a display of an extraordinary faith. The name of the place is not mentioned. It is probably in any direction of east, west, north or south.
Abraham refuses to question God but trusts that each step will be directed by Him. Asking for full knowledge before we act is not Abraham’s kind of faith. Faith is to offer our hand as though blind, trusting God to lead us. The hallmark of our walk and relationship with God is faith.
Abraham looked beyond the land that was promised which was still looking forward to a city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God (vs 10).
The Lord knows the way through the wilderness
All I have to do is to follow.
The Lord knows the way through the wilderness.
All I have to do is to follow.
The great mystery that followed the faith of Abraham was that even as he got to the Land of Promise, no token or evidence could show that he would inherit it. At this point what would you have done if you were Abraham ?
The most spiritual of us would have asked for a sign to be sure of what God has promised. He lived as a stranger and dwelt in tents in the land God promised to Him. Some of us would fly up to claim the promise God has made to us. Our minds must be narrowed in this life that we don’t relaxed in the world as a dwelling place.
May it be very clear to us that we are sojourners and pilgrims here on earth and should dwell as such. Let’s not dwell and perish with the world and her people, who are making all efforts to own it. He desired and was ready to be home with God, but everything will wait for its time.
For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end—it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay (Habakkuk 2:3 ESV).
If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. (Colossians 3:1-2).
Abraham dwelt in the Promised Land with every expectation of God’s promised blessing to incubate the promised seed, Jesus the Messiah. Read Genesis 12:3. He wholly depended on God and had no programme of his own. He did only what God instructed him
I’m wondering who Abraham followed his example, his human mentor and how he came by the knowledge of God to this height. This is rather God entering through the open door of Abraham’s heart and revealing Himself to him. God reveals Himself to them that seeks Him.
The prophesy of Sarah’s pregnancy met with controversy that put Sarah to laughter. What two factors caused her seeming doubt ? Read Genesis 18:12. To believe that she would get pregnant at her age at the time was believing the impossible with man.
But with God, ALL THINGS are possible (Matthew 19:26), even to raise the bodies of both Abraham and Sarah which were as bad as dead carcass.
Another angle of faith is that the person of faith may not live to the realization of what was promised. Faith becomes a seed that God planted in the heart which cannot die till its fulfillment.
Faith implies the less use of human senses to do what God instructs. It sounds absurd and ridiculous to hear about the sacrifice of Isaac as commanded by God. Not animal sacrifice, but that of an only son begotten at a very old age. Abraham kept this matter to himself to accomplish it. This trial was too much for any man.
Through the son, Isaac was the earth going to be populated like the sand on the sea shore. Contradiction ? But Abraham obeyed and did God’s bidding.
Our part is to embrace Abraham’s extraordinary faith. Humans don’t manufacture faith as it anchors on what God says. It is different from what seems right to do, self righteousness or high mindedness. It is not human effort but by grace alone.
Written by Silvanus Anyanwu