Fruit of Faithfulness Series: Day 7
So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Galatians 3:9
It one thing say we rely on faith for things, but it another thing to actually rely on faith.
So how do we rely on faith? Lets take a look at Abrahams story.
There are two parts of his story that demonstrate the kind of faith God desires from us.
1. When Abraham is called to leave his country, he obeys.
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. Genesis 12:1
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Genesis 12:4
I skipped a very important part of the story, not only did God tell him to leave his land, but also gave a promise.
2 “I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.[a]
3 I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”
Abraham moved before he knew that God would fulfill His promise. He had to trust God and make a move in faith.
He moved without asking more questions or needing more details. I would prefer to know the details and the outcome ahead of time before I make a move. Friends, God doesn’t work like that.
Reliance on faith requires no further details needed before action.
2. When Abraham is told to sacrifice something dear to him, he obeys.
Our loyalty and faith can be measured by our willingness to give up what we believe we have earned or deserve.
See the story of Abraham and Issac from Genesis 22:
2 Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”
3 Early the next morning Abraham got up and loaded his donkey. He took with him two of his servants and his son Isaac. When he had cut enough wood for the burnt offering, he set out for the place God had told him about. 4 On the third day Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance. 5 He said to his servants, “Stay here with the donkey while I and the boy go over there. We will worship and then we will come back to you.”
6 Abraham took the wood for the burnt offering and placed it on his son Isaac, and he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them went on together, 7 Isaac spoke up and said to his father Abraham, “Father?”
“Yes, my son?” Abraham replied.
“The fire and wood are here,” Isaac said, “but where is the lamb for the burnt offering?”
8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” And the two of them went on together.
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
This was a tough request God made of Abraham. I think it illustrates an important point we don’t always consider.
We can’t attempt to keep from God what He gave to us in the first place. Abraham was willing to sacrifice his son because he knew that God gave him Issac and he could just as easily take him away.
Because of Abraham’s faithfulness to God future generations are blessed. Genesis 22:
15 The angel of the Lord called to Abraham from heaven a second time 16 and said, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, 17 I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 18 and through your offspring[b] all nations on earth will be blessed,[c] because you have obeyed me.”
Whatever we are asked to give up we can be sure God has our best interest in mind. Not only as an individual, but as the body of Christ.
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ.There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26-28