17 Faith operated powerfully in Abraham for when he was put to the test he offered up Isaac. Even though he received God’s promises of descendants, he was willing to offer up his only son! 18 For God had promised, “Through your son Isaac your lineage will carry on your name.” 19 Abraham’s faith made it logical to him that God could raise Isaac from the dead, and symbolically, that’s exactly what happened.
Hebrews 11:17-19, The Passion Translation
Most people think faith is illogical or a figment of imagination. However, from a Scriptural viewpoint, faith is logical and reasonable because faith is built on many irrefutable evidences and manifestations of God. It is through God’s self-revelation in many ways through many means that Biblical characters came to know that God is real and He rewards the faith of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).
Abraham had faith in God and this gave him the courage and strength to obey God, even though the consequences of that obedience may have seemed costly. Abraham was willing to sacrifice Isaac because of his personal knowledge of God and His character. Knowing that God would never contradict His Word or back out from a promise, Abraham knew even if his only son, Isaac was to die on the altar, God would bring him back to life. This was because God had yet to fulfil what He had said to Abraham of a lasting legacy through Isaac.
It is not how much faith you have, but who do you put your faith in.
Rest your life, not on your own faith, but Christ who is the beginner and finisher of your faith (Hebrews 12:2). Instead of putting faith in your faith, put your faith in who Jesus is and what He has done for you on the cross.
It was not in his readiness to sacrifice Isaac, but his willingness to please God that made Abraham the father of faith. Abraham’s faith was born from hearing what God had spoken to him. And in the same light, your faith comes from hearing and hearing the words of Christ (Romans 10:17). By holding to this truth, you will realise faith is not a work, but a rest because it is established on the foundation and provision of Jesus Christ.
If you desire a lifestyle of true Biblical faith, then you must cease trusting in your so-called efforts of faith and start putting your confidence in Christ’s finished work, for this kind of faith will shield you and guard you against every possible attack of the Enemy (Ephesians 6:16).
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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