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Abraham’s Footsteps of Faith

What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter? If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about—but not before God. What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Romans 4:1-3 (NIV)

I have wondered why we still talk about Abraham in 2007. Why is his name always brought up when the topic of faith is mentioned? It is my belief that he continues to be brought up because the actions he took were so unrealistic and impractical in the human perspective, but necessary in order to follow God.

1) Abraham was open to the revelation of God. Genesis 12 is the first place you see God communicating with Abram. It does not tell of their past relationship. It does not tell of the blessings that God had already given him. Here you see a picture of a man whose life was in a place where he was willing to listen to the revelation of God. He was open to the possibility that God had a plan for him and was ready to hear it. I do not believe that Abram responded that way on a whim. I believe that Abram had an attitude that allowed him to be ready to listen to God when the time was right.

2) Abraham obeyed the call of God. Genesis 12:4 says “so Abram left.” He followed God to an unknown destination. He traveled in a distant land. He did not wait around for a sign. He did not come up with excuses to offer God. He did not even question where he was going. He just did it. The only way he could have responded in this way was because he trusted God. Trust does not necessarily mean that all our fears are gone. Trust means that we know that someone is looking out for our best interest. God was looking out for Abram and he laid his confidence upon that fact.

3) Abraham allowed God to grow his faith. It is tempting to forget that Abraham made some mistakes while following God. He had Sarah his wife tell a lie (Gen 12:11-20; 20:1-18). He questioned God when he and Sarah did not have children (Gen 15:2-3). He showed weak faith in the case of Hagar (Gen 16:1-4). Through each of these instances God continued to work on him and through him. God did not give up even though Abraham’s faith was not where it needed to be. God used these weaknesses to help Abraham to become stronger.

4) Abraham made God his top priority in life. It took Abraham and Sarah late into their lives to have the child they always wanted. They prayed for him and about him. God answers this prayer and allows this blessing to come into their life. God now tests Abram to see if his faith is real. He tells Abraham to sacrifices the thing that was the most precious to him (Gen. 22:1-18). Once again Abraham had to trust God’s voice even though it did not agree with common sense. Through this and all of his other actions he showed God that he trusted him fully.

How is all of this practical in view of spiritual formation today? Come back tomorrow to see.

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