2008-05-12 - Abraham: Mr. Confidence
Through faith Abraham received tremendous blessings. (Genesis 12, 15, 17-18, 21:1-7, 22, Hebrews 11:8-10, 17-19)
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8 NIV)
Abraham lived in a time before navigational tools, cellphones, or maps. When God said "move," he moved. Abraham didn't ask any questions; he left for parts unknown. He knew God was the navigator, and that was enough for him. In order to be that secure, Abraham had to know and recognize God's voice.
Abraham wasn't far from the Lord's presence. Throughout his journeys, Abraham made a point to worship God. He placed his confidence in the Lord, when he was told to leave the comforts of home, and to later do the unthinkable - sacrifice the son that God sent to Abraham in his old age. Abraham's desire for a son wasn't as important as his love and obedience to God. Abraham passed the test, and happily, Isaac's life was spared.
Abraham went where God called him. From the beginning, he totally trusted God and obeyed. He only looked forward. Abraham took his cues from the Lord, and was not disappointed with a sovereign Lord.
Lord, In our day-to-day schedules and routines, help us to have confidence in You, our God and Creator. Remind us of Abraham's drive and assurance, which enabled him to be a hero of faith. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.