Living by Faith-Believing God’s promises
Of the many great things we can reflect on about Abraham’s life, his faith in God’s promises is an important one.
Living by faith involves believing what God says will happen. Sometimes, we don’t want to believe the promises and other times, we want to see promises which God never made.. Both are a problem.
Knowing the word of God will help us trust God’s promises. One or two examples will help illustrate.
God promised Abraham a son. That is God’s word. Sarah thought, perhaps, that God might need some help with that promise and so gave Abraham another wife, Hagar. That was not part of God’s promise. It caused more problems
Other times, we think we are acting on faith when God has given us no promise. If we refuse to bow down to an idol and God delivers us (cf Dan 3), the faith is NOT that God will deliver us from a fiery furnace but that God CAN DO SO if He chooses. Our Faith is in God’s word that says “Thou shalt not worship any idols” and previous statements that show God’s ability to deliver the righteous from the unrighteous. The subsequent obedience to God’s command to not worship an idol….now THAT is faith.
Perhaps I could use a modern day example. So many times in today’s sports, you will hear star players occasionally state that they had faith in God that they would win. If God had sent them a messenger and told them that they would win then such would be a true statement. But barring that, it is not true. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Rom 10:17) They surely had a desire but no assurance or evidence from God (Heb 11:1) that they WOULD win. Now playing a game in faith would involve being a good sportsman, playing by the rules, competing lawfully, etc and all of those actions are found in God’s word. One can play in faith and please God and yet not know that they will win-in fact, sometimes they lose.
We need to walk by faith in God’s promises. Let’s just be sure that we know what the actual promise is.
This sermon was presented on February 7th and you can listen to it here.