“Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 12:1-3).
Abraham was a flawed man who followed a perfect God. What changed him was a constant belief that this God who spoke to him would keep His amazing promises. He left his home and his people to obey God’s call to “go to the land I will show you.” His wife was barren and old, but God promised Abram a son. “He believed the Lord,” Scripture tells us, “Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness” (Rom. 4:3). What was so special about the faith of Abraham? What lessons can we learn from it?
“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept
hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!” And Abraham’s faith did not
weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.
Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He
promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. And when God counted him as righteous, it
wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as
righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God” (Rom. 4:18-25).
Abraham was strong in faith. He simply believed that God would do what He said. Like Abraham, we also need to
believe that God can do the impossible and that nothing is too difficult for God. We need to believe in God’s power and promises, without wavering. We need to believe and be
willingly obedient to God, to come out of this world and
depart from sin. We also need to trust God’s guidance and direction in leading us into uncharted territory. As we journey through life as pilgrims and sojourners in the world, we need to look in faith to the coming Kingdom of God and a New Jerusalem. Our faith in the future inheritance of the world to come should motivate us to live by faith. In Abraham’s Seed all the nations of the earth would be blessed. We are blessed through the righteous Seed of Abraham, who is Jesus Christ. That means we are declared blameless in God’s sight by the blood of the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ and by faith in God. Remain blessed. Happy Anniversary!
E. O. Medaiyese, Snr. Pastor.