Bible Reading: Hebrews 11:8-19
We have all sung the song and danced the dance to “Father Abraham”. Even as I write this the song is stuck in my head. Abraham is a favorite Bible story for many of us because of his great faith in God, and his willingness to live out his faith by obeying God. Hebrews 11:8-19 gives us a quick snapshot of the faith of Abraham and his wife, Sarah. What an amazing story they have together! Leaving his homeland at an old age because God promised him a future kingdom and future descendants to live in it. They were childless, and God promised them a son. Although they wondered what God was doing, at the age of 100 Abraham becomes a daddy to his son, Isaac. God tests Abraham by asking him to sacrifice Isaac to God, and Abraham still obeys God. Obviously, Abraham did not want to sacrifice Isaac, but as the writer of Hebrews says, “He [Abraham] considered that God was able even to raise him [Isaac] from the dead.” As a new father myself, I cannot imagine the thoughts that must have went through Abraham’s head as he prepared to sacrifice his only son. My heart breaks at the thought of my baby girl getting sick, little alone me having to take her life away. But Abraham had great faith.
And that is what I wanted to focus on for this blog post. Faith is not disconnected from our hearts and minds. Abraham was faithful to do what God had called him to do, but we do not know all he thought in his mind and felt in his heart. The Bible does not give us those details, but we can only imagine what Abraham thought and felt. God has called all of us for a purpose. We are all called to be salt and light to the world around us as we seek to make Christ known. We are called to live holy lives that glorify God. We strive to make our marriages honor our Lord, and we work so hard to raise up our children in the way they should go. We do this because we have faith in God and in His promises, and we seek to honor Him with how we live our lives. But we also know that our faith connects with our hearts and minds. Some things make us nervous, scared, anxious, angry, sad, and while we feel these things we must remind ourselves of how great our God is and continue to remain faithful to Him.
Writing and reading this is much easier than living this out, but that is why I hope this passage in Hebrews can comfort us together. As we read a brief blurb of Abraham and Sarah’s life, we see their faith in action and the faithfulness of God to keep His promises. But take some time and imagine what Abraham and Sarah must have thought at any of these moments. The Bible does not tell us, but think of what you may think or say. And now read again and think about the fact that despite what their hearts and minds may have felt and thought, they still obeyed God. They did this because of the hope they had in God, and they could faithfully follow Him wherever He might lead them. God is faithful to His people, and He will never break His promises to us. Knowing God is so faithful to us, it can be easier to choose to remain faithful to Him.
Call to Action: Do you believe God will keep His promises to you? God has offered us so much hope in His Word, but do you believe He is able to do all He has said? We have such a great hope in Jesus Christ, that even when faced with death itself, we do not fear, because our Savior can raise the dead. Immerse yourself in Jesus. Read the Bible every day, and hide the promises of God in your heart and mind. Pray every day, and take time to be in the presence of God. Only by immersing ourselves in God can we be filled with hope and peace. Believe in God, because He is able to keep His promises.
Rev. Larkin Sumerlin