Hebrews 11….. the faith chapter. What an encouraging read for me this morning! Paul gives us so many examples of great faith from the Bible, from Abraham, to Moses, to Noah, to David and many others. He defines it for us right off the bat.
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1
I am moved this morning after reading this chapter to apply faith to my own life in the areas of God’s promises. Abraham was given a promise that God would create an entire nation from him – a nation with so many people that, like the stars, they could not be counted. This nation was to come from a promised son, Isaac, that was born to an old and barren woman, Sarah. I’m sure at points Abraham thought he didn’t hear God correctly and had lost his mind! But, the promised son was delivered and they rejoiced. Then guess what…..God asked for it back.
We all know the story. God asked Abraham to sacrifice his son (his dream, his promise) on the altar. He asked for his gift back. We can feel the agony of Abraham as he agrees to lay Isaac on the altar. But there is a twist to this story. FAITH. Abraham laid Isaac on the altar in obedience but believed and trusted that God would provide a sacrifice. And there was…… a ram in the bush 🙂
“It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, even though God had told him, ‘Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.’ Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.” Hebrews 11:17-19
How amazing is the trust in God that Abraham displayed at that moment! To hand over his most precious son in the belief that if he had to die, God was able to resurrect him. He handed over his dream knowing full well that God would not keep it from him! I get excited about this because I see keys to unlock doors that have been shut. Abraham had FAITH in God to fulfill his promise however He saw fit. He trusted Him completely. He knew God loved him.
So many times we get what we feel is a promise from God about our lives and we are so excited about the possibilities that we take ownership of it. He gave it to me so He must want me to have it. He DOES want you to have it, but He wants to bring you to it in His way, in His timing. He gives you this dream and then says “Let me have it back. Do you trust me?” Do you trust Him?
The other day my son was asking for something. I told him I would take care of it in just a minute. I was tied up at the time. Without missing a beat, he continued to ask over and over again. I finally looked up and frustratingly said “I will get it! Don’t you trust me??” Wow! That is such a great illustration for what we do to God, isn’t it? We ask for something and instead of putting our faith to action, we continue to ask over and over again. God is saying “Don’t you trust me? Don’t you know that I have good plans for you? Don’t you know I love you?”
What dream is in your heart today that you need to release back to God for it’s fulfillment? Is fear causing you to hold onto it tighter than you hold onto God? Loosen your grip. Trust Him. Know that He loves you.
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