Demonstrate faith through obedience
“It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.”
Recently, I took a trip.
I got on a plane to California so I could bring my mom back to her home in Kansas. We knew where we were going. Driving back, we followed maps on my phone if need be, but for most of the trip, we just stayed on Interstate 80, heading east. It would be difficult to take a trip and not know where we were going to end up.
I find it interesting that Abraham “went without knowing where he was going,” Hebrews 11:8.
God called Abraham to leave his homeland and go to another land that He would show him. Abraham was declared righteous because of His obedience to God. That is what faith is all about.
The concept of faith is this: God says something and when one obeys, that one is performing faith. It’s not about total understanding, nor is it about acting blindly. It is simply responding to God’s Word by obedience.
To move forward without having all of the information can be rather scary. What makes it solid is the fact that God has spoken through His Word. It is the Word of God that gives a solid foundation to the believer. That is why Abraham could move forward in confidence. God told him to go, promised that He would show him the way to a new land and then give him that new land as an inheritance.
Faith is a futuristic word, based on present stability in God’s Word, the Bible. Believing and obeying it gives us a future and a hope. In Jeremiah 29:11 we read, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
God has good plans for each one of us for a great future and a hope.
The faith of Abraham and his willingness to obey God brought him great reward. His obedience brought great blessing as he received a people, a land, and the promise that all the nations of the world would be blessed through him. Abraham became the father of the nation of Israel as well as other nations. Israel is the nation through whom God’s blessing would come.
Abraham’s faith allowed God to fulfill the promise that all the nations of the world would be blessed through him. That promise was fulfilled through Jesus, the Messiah, the Savior of the world.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me,” John 14:6.
Jesus is the way to the Father in Heaven. All who receive Him in faith will be blessed with eternal life and a home in heaven.
Pastor Robert B. Litzenberger III
Brady Community Church