“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…. 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.” – Hebrews 11:8-10, 12
Abraham is one of my favorite stories of the Bible. God calls him out of his polytheistic background (because, recall, Jews didn’t exist before Abraham) and he simply obediently followed a God he did not know. I’m going to remind you what I said about Abraham last time.
“Has it ever dawned on you that there were no ‘Jews’ before Abraham? God called him out of his polytheistic culture (him not knowing WHO this YHWH is) and followed! He did this by faith, the same faith that Hebrews argues we hold.
‘But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.’ – Hebrews 10:39—11:1.
Isn’t that crazy? We can lead a life such as Abraham’s. We’ve been enabled (cf. Jn 14:15) by the Spirit. It gives us joy in trials (cf. Jas 1:2-5) and reminds us that God’s good surpasses our understanding (cf. Gen 50:19-20).”
Admirable Qualities of Abraham’s Faith:
- He got up and left, no questions asked, and followed YHWH.
- He trusted God to do the impossible in him.
Do you trust God to do the impossible in you? Would you jump up and follow Him if that was the only stipulation for Him to work the impossible in you?