Faith Is The Substance of Things Hope For
Faith Obeys When It Doesn’t Make Human Sense
Faith that is logical can’t be trusted. The natural mind hardly ever thinks of a prayer of faith before acting. Faith is most of the time illogical.
Genesis 22:1-19 (ASV)
1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did prove Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham. And he said, Here am I.
2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son, whom thou lovest, even Isaac, and get thee into the land of Moriah. And offer him there for a burnt-offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
Abraham receives the command from Jehovah that seems to cancel out the promise of God in Gen. 12:1-3. How could he be the “Father of many nations” if he has been instructed to offer his “only son” for sacrifice as a burnt offering on one of the mountains. Faith always obeys and leaves the results up to Jehovah
Faith Is Hope Realized
6 And Abraham took the wood of the burnt-offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son. And he took in his hand the fire and the knife. And they went both of them together.
7 And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father. And he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold, the fire and the wood. But where is the lamb for a burnt-offering?
Issac trusted in God and in is Father and as an obedient son, by faith Isaac obeyed. Isaac never question his father as to his mental capacity or if “dad” had lost his mind”. When we desire to have “truth faith” in Jehovah, it takes a mind like Christ Jesus that fully trust that or God will be faithful to what He has promised
8 And Abraham said, God will provide himself the lamb for a burnt-offering, my son. So they went both of them together.
9 And they came to the place which God had told him of. And Abraham built the altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.
13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold, behind him a ram caught in the thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt-offering in the stead of his son.
14 And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-jireh. As it is said to this day, In the mount of Jehovah it shall be provided.
Faith Connects Our Littleness With God’s Greatness
“A man’s belief,” says Dr Albert Ellis, a well-known modern-day psychologist, “determines both his conduct and his character.” Proverbs 23:7, written almost 3,000 years before Ellis, puts the truth in an even more succinct form: “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he” (nkjv).
There are two possibilities before each of us as we look at life: we can base our conclusions about the meaning of life on what the humanistic philosophers, poets, and historians tell us, or we can base them on what God tells us in His Word. Either we take the Word of God and live by it—or we do not. If we take the attitude that the prophets didn’t know what they were talking about and there are no such things as miracles in the universe, then we do what the writer to the Hebrews tells us—we draw back from the godly way of life (Heb 10:39). The biblical way is living by faith.
Listen to the word given to Habakkuk: “The righteous one will live by his faith” (Hab 2:4). Faith is taking the Word of God and relying on it. It involves believing what God says, simply and solely because He said it. The heroes of faith listed in Hebrews 11 did just that—they had no real reason for believing what God told them, other than the fact that He had spoken. Why did Abraham take his son Isaac to Mount Moriah? Why did he prepare to offer him as a sacrifice? Simply because God had spoken.
A little boy, when invited to comment on the statement, “Faith is having confidence in what God has spoken,” said: “God has confidence in what He has said—so must we.”