17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. 20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future. 21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.
‘It was by faith…’ I wonder if my name was added into this passage what it would say? We have the advantage of knowing the whole story but each of these men were ordinary enough in their day. And didn’t know how their story would end. A childless nomad desperate for an heir, who it could be said made some iffy choices in his family relationships. A man whose sons competed for his attention, resulting in strife in his family, another a farmer who didn’t learn from his fathers mistakes and whose children turned on each other as a result. Lastly a guy who had every reason to be bitter against his family and the means to exact revenge. But despite their flaws ALL these men knew and worshipped the living God. The lives these men had were messy and imperfect (reminds me of me!).
It was this relationship with God that overcame the issues, with faith. These men were all confident in the God they knew (personally). They all knew that God is God, no matter what their personal circumstances were. They couldn’t see the finish they just knew that God was in it with them. If these guys with all their problems could keep their focus and see things through with their Faith, then maybe given I believe in and know the same living God, maybe I can make it too. These men probably didn’t start with faith for the big picture. Their little steps of faith were like brush strokes. God used each act of faith, each brush stroke to create the big picture. I want to be like these men- confident in the God I know personally, intimately. I want to trust God each day, every step, and let him create the painting that is my life. I am excited to think what might be listed against my faith. How about you?
Heavenly Father I thank you that you never leave us. I thank you Father that you love me and go through all things with me. Help me Father to put my faith and trust in you. Help me Father to know you. Help me Lord to take the step of faith you are asking me to take today. In Jesus name. Amen
Written by Christine Knight