I was led back to Genesis and the story of Abraham. I received such encouragement from Abraham’s real life story. Our walk as a follower of Christ is a life long journey of learning to trust Jesus. Faith is a very personal trusting response to God and His promises. I don’t know about you, but as I look back on my almost 20 year journey of walking with the Lord I have many times taken one step forward and then two steps backward in trusting Him. This is why Abraham encourages me to press on. Remember, he demonstrated great trust in the Lord by choosing to obey Him when the Lord asked him to uproot his life and move to a foreign land. He chose to leave his comfort zone for the unknown foreign zone of life. What if the Lord asked you to move to another city or country? It is a hard thing to do, especially if you are comfortable and happy where you are, and yet Abraham trusted the Lord enough to obey Him.
Abraham obeyed a hard request because he trusted the Lord and yet after he settled in the new land he took off for Egypt because of a famine. Did he ask the Lord what his next move should be? No, he leaned on his own understanding of the circumstances rather than seeking the Lord’s answer. Next, once in Egypt out of fear, he again showed little trust in the Lord by lying about Sarah, telling everyone she was his sister instead of his wife. Finally, Abraham grabbed the wheel of life once again from Abba Father and got his maid pregnant because God had not given him a son as promised 10 years earlier. He was not going to wait any longer.
And yet after all these bad choices, Abraham did learn to trust God and His promises enough for God to declare him righteous in His sight, thereby proving the principle of Romans 3:28 (ESV) For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law. Genesis 15 (NKJV) After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” God’s Loving reassurance is so beautiful. He is so patient with us. He once again reached out to Abraham and encouraged him to not fear, that the Lord would always protect him and keep His promises. Abraham reminded the Lord he was still childless and the Lord told him once again that he would have a son with Sarah.
Verse 6 tells us that Abraham believed the Lord, and because he believed the Lord it was accounted to him righteousness. Do you know how much trust Abraham was demonstrating by saying he believed the Lord? He was somewhere near 100 years old and Sarah was well past being able to have a baby. Yet, Abraham chose to focus on God’s promise to him rather than his circumstances. He chose to believe God could do anything He promised to do even if it seemed humanly impossible! Abraham no longer had any illusions about his own ability; he was learning to trust in God’s abilities. He was giving the Lord the wheel.
It took Abraham a long time to really trust the Lord and the Lord stayed by his side loving him at every turn, even when Abraham disappointed. That is the kind of Abba Father we worship. You and I have been bought at a very high price and we are called God’s child now. Like the perfect Abba He is, He never leaves us, forsakes us, or gives up on us. We always have direct access to Him through Jesus and His very own Holy Spirit within us. We have been redeemed and His Grace is always greater than our sin.
You and I are complete in Him. Hmmm doesn’t that just sound good to your soul? Will you say, “I am complete in You, Lord”.
Abraham did nothing to earn justification. His trust in God was enough. I felt at the end of my prayer time the Spirit of the Lord within me asked, “Will you take your focus off the circumstances and trust Me?” Would I say with my heart, “I trust You, Abba Father in Jesus’ Name?” That is what my faith boils down to more than anything; will I really trust Him even when it seems He is taking forever and a day to answer a prayer or when He says no? I visualized myself slipping my hand into His Hand. I thanked Him for His promise to wash me as white as snow, and I gave my worries to Him and told Him I trusted He would work everything out for GOOD.
How amazing are these verses rich in promise to us for our journey:
Psalm 37:23-24(NLT) The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives. Though they stumble, they will never fall, for the Lord holds them by the hand.
Yes, I stumbled but I am back on track holding His Hand. Grab His other Hand and let’s get moving down His path!