Obviously you have heard or read about Abraham, the “father of faith”, the man who believed God above all things and who walked with Him all the days of his life. Abraham is physically dead, but after so many years after his death, he continues to be an example for the church of Jesus Christ. When we read his story it seems incredible to us and we even realize why he is called the father of faith.
1 The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
2 “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
Let’s see, the first thing is that God is telling Abraham to leave the place where he lived, to leave his father and go to the land that He would show him. The story of this man is not only beautiful, it is surprising. I ask: What would you do if God tells you to leave everything you have to walk to a place you do not even know? Well, maybe many would say that they are mentally ill that day, but here is the detail, Abraham did not think that he was mentally ill, simply God spoke and he submitted to Him. I think this creates a greater understanding of why he is called the father of faith.
The following is that the promises that God made to Abraham were incredible: 1- I will make you into a great nation, 2- I will bless you, 3- I will make your name great and the most important of all: 4- In you all peoples on earth will be blessed. Those were incredible promises and whoever was promising them was not a man, but God himself.
In verse four Abraham immediately fulfills the action:
So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. Genesis 12:4
We can imitate the faith of Abraham, what can we imitate? We can imitate trusting in God’s promises about all things, believing that He will do even when we do not see any hope in our condition. The true act of faith is not when we have everything easy, rather, it is when everything is difficult and still we remain believing in God.
I invite you to never lose faith, because we have believed in a God who always keeps His promises, who is holy and who never lies. That hope will never embarrass us. We believe in God with exaggerated faith!