For what promise are you trusting God today? Are you stepping out in faith? Our mentors in Hebrews 11 didn’t always see the promises realized, yet they pleased God. How will we please God today through faith? The answer may be the example for the next generation…
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, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Josephʼs sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. 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.
God is the master of paradoxical situations in which he does or asks or promises to do what the circumstances contradict. The test of obedience with Abraham and Isaac put at risk the future of God’s blessing through Abraham. God was going to use Isaac as the first offspring of countless – the sand on the shore or the stars in heaven. How could God ask foe Isaac to be sacrificed? God saved Isaac from his death and proved Abraham’s obedience.
In a manner of speaking, by faith Abraham received Isaac back from the dead. Resurrection power at work in a story almost as old as time itself.
Isaac followed God and was also used to choose his second born son as his heir and the father of Israel. Isaac blessed both sons, yet Jacob would be the chosen one, Isaac trusting God by faith.
And Joseph, who trusted God more than most people who have ever walked the earth, lived by faith in his relationships with his brothers, in Egypt under testing and temptation, and in power as Pharaoh’s chosen leader. And although Joseph ended up with everything he decided to be with his own family.
I think it notable that Joseph gave explicit instructions concerning his bones. In true faith he trusted that God would keep his promise to generations of his own people and bring Israel into the promised land. Therefore, Joseph’s faith was paid forward into the bank of faith of God’s people who promised to bury him in the land. By faith.
For what promise are you trusting God today? Are you stepping out in faith? Our mentors didn’t always see the promises realized, yet they pleased God. How will we please God today through our faith in him?