Abraham – A Walk By Faith
I have been thinking a lot about Abraham and his life, so I finally went back to read his life story in the Scriptures. It was so good for me to read it, because it really made sense to me to think about Abraham as our father in the faith. I thought about the fact that a lot of times, we look at our own lives and walk with God, and we think we must be doing something wrong, because even though we want to walk with God, our lives are always filled with problems and challenges.
I think that the life of Abraham, and many others, are recorded in the Scriptures to build our faith and to teach us that we are also walking with God, as they walked. There are so many lessons that we can learn by reading the Scriptures and looking at the lives and examples that we have there. Some people may think that they are not even walking with God because of all the problems that they constantly face. When you read about Abraham, you will see that your life may be very similar to his life, and many others in the Scriptures. They were ordinary people who wanted to walk with God, and they all faced obstacles and challenges to their faith.
God asked Abraham to leave everything that he knew, his family and their idols, his country, and probably much more (Genesis 12:1). He promised him a land that he never really was able to possess. God promised him many descendants when he could not even have one son (Genesis 13:16-17). Abraham faced wars, disputes, and many other problems. He even had to part ways with his nephew at one point. When Abraham and Sarah were already too old to believe for a son, they both laughed when God repeated the promised to Abraham (Genesis 17:1-5).
If we think about it, we may see ourselves in many of the problems and circumstances that the men and women of God faced in the Scriptures. It made me think that it is wrong to allow our realities to limit or determine if we are walking with God or not. The most important thing is to keep walking in faith and not to waver when we face difficult circumstances.
“Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb; yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform. Therefore IT WAS ALSO CREDITED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS. Now not for his sake only was it written that it was credited to him, but for our sake also, to whom it will be credited, as those who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead, He who was delivered over because of our transgressions, and was raised because of our justification” (Romans 4:19–25).