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Walking In Faith

Walking In Faith
Believing In The Promises of God

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, And lean not on your own understanding; In all your ways acknowledge Him, And He shall direct your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (NKJV)

What would you do if God were to ask you to take and sacrifice your child or any loved one for that matter?  This is exactly what happened to Abraham (Genesis 22:2).  God tells him to take his "Only" son whom he loves up into the mountains and to sacrifice him there as a burnt offering.  Ouch!  Whats even more amazing is Abraham believes and trusts God so much he doesn't even question this command.

We can see this same type of faith as recorded in the Book of Exodus when Moses leads the people out of Egypt, and out of bondage of slavery.  God gives the command and the people respond by leaving their homes and following Moses.   As we look at these two stories it is remarkable how they both required faith, and yet each one was uniquely different.  Let me explain.

In the first story Abraham wasn't given any hope, and yet he followed God even though he thought the end-run to his obedience would cost his son his life.  And in the end, God spared him.  God never intended to have Abraham take the life of his son; He was just allowing Abraham to prove his faith and obedience.  And we can see the fruit of Abraham's faithfulness recorded in Genesis 22:16-17.

 "By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son-blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies." Genesis 22:16-17 (NKJV)

In the second story the Israelites were given the hope of the Promised Land when they were told to follow Moses.  Their obedience wavered badly and they complained and murmured constantly and did not exercise faith in Gods promise.  And as a result many of them never saw the Promised Land and instead just roamed about in the desert until they died.  It was only then God allowed their sons and daughters to enter in.

but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD-- because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it. Numbers 14:21-23 (NKJV)

Truth be told the Israelites probably would have never left if they had known everything they would face and experience.  They would have reasoned amongst themselves and concluded it was not worth it.  And yet if they had been faithful to trust and obey even though the going was rough, they would have received a tremendous blessing?

Q:    How does this apply to us today as Christian men and women?

It means we will probably also be tested and face some serious challenges at various times in our life.   And we will be given the choice to continue to exercise our faith by trusting God completely - praising Him in the storm, or we will stop walking in faith and instead choose to doubt, mumble and complain bitterly.

God isn't going to come tell us every detail of what we will face in our life, but He has given us His Word to tell us what we need to know.  And just as in the case of Abraham, we just need to trust in God and His perfect plan, even if it looks fatal.  God is going to stretch our faith because this is how we grow spiritually.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Proverbs 3:5-6 what are we promised if we trust the Lord with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Are you willing to follow God faithfully, putting your trust in Him and abiding in what He asks of you?

APPLICATION: Make a commitment today to follow God in faith.  It might not look good always; there will be times of testing, but God has a specific plan and it is perfect.

Father, thank You for taking care of my family and me so faithfully.  I choose to follow you and to trust in You in every aspect of my life.  Give me the faith I need to walk after You.  In Jesus' precious name, Amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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