This week in Hebrews, we are looking at the faith of Abraham. One thing that sticks out to me the most about his faith, was how unfaithful he was.
Yes, he was really faithful at moments in his life, but at other moments, his faith was completely lacking.
By faith he obeyed God when he was told to go, but he didn’t have faith that God would protect him and his wife in Egypt.
By faith he believed God would give him a son, but he needed proof that he would take possession of the land.
By faith he obeyed God and circumcised his family, but he didn’t have faith that God would protect Sarah in the Negev region.
By faith he started to obey God when he was told to sacrifice his son, but God was faithful and provided a ram for the offering.
Yet the only thing recorded in Hebrews 11 is his faith.
To me, that’s encouraging.
God forgives our failures.
We aren’t required to have unwavering faith – that’s why Jesus came. God knows we will stumble.
“…if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
2 Timothy 2:13 (NIV)
In my life, I can remember some moments when my faith was powerful.
When my son was diagnosed with cancer, I had that peace that surpasses all understanding.
When my first husband left me for another woman, my faith in God got me through it.
Yet, I still stumble.
I am far from perfect.
While I am secure that I have an awesome God, I am insecure in my ability to serve Him – and that’s a lack of faith on my part.
I’m working on it, but it’s oh so good to remember that when we are faithless, our God is faithful.
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