For us believers, Abraham is considered as our spiritual Father. Abraham’s life by Faith is the model by which each of us should be living our lives too. The scripture says, “Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness.”
Let us glimpse at few of the major occasions where Abraham put his faith and complete trust in God.
In Genesis 12:1-4, we see that God asks Abraham to leave his own nation and move to a different nation leaving behind his father’s household. Abraham obeyed God and he left his nation to the land God asked him to go. He would have had many questions in his mind on which place he is going to, what would be the new land like, how would he live there etc. etc. Despite of all this confusions, he just obeyed God and did what God said. This teaches us that whichever direction the Lord instructs us to take, do not doubt but take the direction.
Now, let us see what happens in Genesis 15:1-6, Abraham had no children when God promised him that he would be father of many nations. Genesis 15: 4-5 “Then the word of the Lord came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5 He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring[d] be.” And then the scripture says Genesis 15:6. Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. When we dig deep into this we understand that Abraham and Sarah were very old to have a child. This teaches us that there is nothing impossible for our God.
Another occasion is when God tested Abraham by asking him to sacrifice his only son Isaac. Abraham did not think twice about it. Scripture says early the next morning Abraham took his son to the mountain to offer him as the sacrifice. And when Isaac was about to be sacrificed angel of the Lord appeared and stopped Abraham. Read Genesis 22:1-18 lays out this occasion. And the Lord said to Abraham, “I swear by myself, declares the Lord, that because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will surely bless you and make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the cities of their enemies, 1and through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed, because you have obeyed me.” Genesis 22:15-18. And this tells us that we should be ready to surrender to the Lord all that what we have as everything we have is His gift.
In Romans 4, Apostle Paul gives us the very same example of Abraham and instructs us to have a faith filled life like Abraham. He says in verse 18: In hope he believed against hope that he should become the father of many nations. When we look at it with our weak human eyes, it wouldn’t be possible that Abraham and Sarah would have a child when God promised it. Abraham was around 100 years old at tat time and Sarah’s womb was barren. But Abraham did not weaken in his faith when he considered the above challenges. Instead he grew stronger in faith and glorified God as he believed in God who gives life to the death and who brings into existence things that do not exist.
Romans 4:20-22, Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” And then Paul says, The words “it was credited to him” were written not for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness—for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
Paul tells us to have a faith like Abraham. Whatever circumstances we go through, we are also calling upon the same living God of Abraham. We might be in midst a set of impossibilities and uncertainties but let us set our faith on our God like our spiritual Father Abraham, and be sure that God is mighty and powerful to change all our circumstances; whatever it may be. Let us all obey Him and receive his grace and be blessed.