18 May

Hello again!

This is what God gave me today in His word:

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. (Hebrews 11:8-9)

Now, perhaps you remember that story. But if you don’t, one key bit of information is that Abraham didn’t actually obey God fully. God told him to leave his family behind. In fact, His exact words were,

“The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household(A) to the land(B) I will show you.(C)” (Genesis 12:1)

Now let’s look at verse four, to see whether or not Abram obeyed: So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot(I) went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old(J) when he set out from Harran. (Genesis 12:4)

He didn’t truly obey, in fact, he outright disobeyed… And yet he’s still commended here in Hebrews, and his children still got the land promised to them. His faith counter-balanced his disobedience. The same is true for us today: through our faith in Christ, and in that He did indeed die for our sins, and now lives and intercedes for us before God, our past sins are nullified. – Forgotten, and never to be remembered again. We, and Abram, are forgiven through faith. Which is why the author of Hebrews devotes an entire chapter to it.

Faith is a fundamental part of being a Christian. We can’t believe in Christ if we don’t believe He exists. Even though we don’t see Christ now, we are to still have faith that He does indeed exist. In fact, that’s what the author said was the definition of faith, in verse one:

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. (Hebrews 11:1)

So, let’s not be like the apostle Thomas, requiring to touch and feel Jesus (though I wouldn’t suggest complaining if He decided to allow us to do that) in order to believe.  But rather, let’s continue in the faith which He’s given us.

You are Loved!

Joshua Cleveland



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