Bible Reading: Hebrews 11:8-12
Yesterday we considered how God appeared to, spoke with, and related to Abram. Today we will look at how Abram related to God.
Abram believed God [Hebrews 11:8-12], and that faith was proven by his obedience to God. Faith and obedience are always linked together. Abram built altars to the Lord [Genesis 12:8,9; 13:18; 22:9] and these were places of sacrifice, thanksgiving, communion and worship. Abram gave a tithe of all he had to the Lord [14:20], and questioned the Lord when there was something that he didn’t understand [15:2,8]. After his name was changed to Abraham, he fell on his face before the Lord in awesome reverence [17:3], and yet laughed in unbelief at what God said to him [17:17]. How encouraging to us that a man renowned for his faith also experienced unbelief! Abraham stood before God as he interceded for his nephew Lot, and saw God answer his prayers and save his family [18:22; 19:16]. God healed Abimelech and his family when Abraham prayed for them [20:17-18]. Even in his later years, Abraham was able to recognise and hear the voice of God [22:1], and as old man, Abraham trusted God to provide a wife for his son, Isaac [24:1,7].
Here is a picture of a godly man who walks with God. He believes God, obeys God, worships God, questions God when he doesn’t understand, reverences God, prays and intercedes to God, trusts God, and even in the latter years of his life is able to hear God’s voice.
Looking at the relationship that Abraham had with God is a challenge to us today. God longs that we would walk in fellowship with Him just as Abraham did. He doesn’t mind if we ask Him questions when we don’t understand what He is doing, but what He most longs for is that we would trust Him, honour Him, worship Him, enjoy His presence and listen to His voice.
Many years ago Billy Graham spoke at the funeral of Raymond Edman, the Principal of Wheaton College. In his address Billy said, “Raymond Edman lived so close to heaven on earth, and I know of no other man who would find the transition from earth to heaven easier than him”. What a testimony and challenge to us to walk closely with God!
L. Moody once said, “The world has yet to see what God can do through a man who is wholly surrendered to Him.” What are the things that hinder you and I from this kind of walk with God?
Why do you think that Abraham was able to continue walking with God in spite of his failures and mistakes that he made?
I find Billy Graham’s comment at Raymond Edman’s funeral service deeply challenging and encourages me to walk closer with God. How does his testimony challenge you?