Faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1.
Faith is demonstrated by our actions. Hebrews chapter eleven records the lives of many men of faith. Sometimes those men acted in unswerving commitment. On other occasions their faith wavered.
Abraham, a hero of faith, had many faults and failings. He made mistakes, had doubts and lapses of faith like us. Genesis 12 to 22 records Abraham’s life.
First, in Genesis 12. Throughout Abraham’s life, God says: “I will, I will, I will’. In Genesis 12:1. God says “I will make you into a great nation”.
How does Abraham respond to this?
Abraham deceives Pharaoh (Genesis 12) by saying Sarah is his sister. Pharaoh is innocent, but he cops it in the neck while Abraham is blessed out of his socks. Why? We do not know, but what we do learn is that our sin hurts people.
Abraham suggests to God, that his servant would be his heir. But God said that he would make Abraham into a great nation. God is faithful, and the promise is still true.
Now Abraham is 99 years old. In Genesis 17:17, God tells him that he will have a son, whom he will call Isaac. Abraham laughs what – have a baby at 100 years old, and Sarah 90 years old? Again, Abraham argues with God. Why not Ishmael? But God’s plan is rock solid.
We often doubt instead of obeying. God does not need our suggestions. He has His plans which He will accomplish. Our responsibility is to obey.
Genesis 20, Now we have the incident with Abimelech. Abraham again says that Sarah is his sister. Distrust in God. Will he ever learn?
Genesis 22, The sacrifice of Isaac. Here, Abraham‘s faith triumphs. How could any caring father do such a thing? Abraham does as God says. Abraham says. “Let’s do it”. We see Abraham’s faith. He says to the servants in Genesis 22:5, ‘Then we will come back.’ Not I, but we – Isaac as well! No matter what happened – Isaac would come back down the mountain.
Our faith can grow. We will still have doubts, waver and fail. But faith is a growing thing. Day by day take God at his Word. How much will we trust God?