Thursday, September 10th, 2009


In hope against hope he (Abraham) believed, in order that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”

Romans 4: 18

 

If Abraham had lived a perfect life of quiet submission and acceptance of the promises that God had made to him, I would have a very hard time identifying with him, but he was hardly the faith in action poster child for his or for any generation. Still Paul and the author of Hebrews both hold him up as exactly that. Why, what is there that I can learn from this story of inaction followed by impulsively and taking matters into his own hands?

 

There seem to be two main components to the way that the events of his life play out. First, God never waivers in his commitment to Abraham; the promises that God made to him were absolute and they were permanent; also, they required nothing out of Abraham in order for God to honor them. The Lord stuck with Abraham through all of his wandering and every moment of doubt and sinful self determined action; thus, Abraham’s hope was continually being restored by God, for the Lord was Abraham’s only reliable and unchanging source of hope just as He is ours. Secondly, Abraham accepted the truth of God’s grace and His commitment; he kept coming back to God and seeking out His voice of truth and purpose for life.

 

My life has had far too many episodes and even periods of time where I took off on my own and decided that my way was the right way to go; although, I have always been wrong when I have done this, God has consistently stayed with me to redirect my thinking and to pick me up when I have fallen down. Abraham was not really a special case and his situation was not all that different from those that we all encounter, and, like He was with Abraham, God will always fulfill His promises to us.

Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable are His ways!

Romans 11:33

 

God’s ways are truly mysterious, and His understanding of things has a depth to it that defies my capacity to grasp. Yet, He isn’t slippery like a wet puppy that you are trying to keep from getting all of the furniture wet, and He doesn’t change shape in the way that a water filled balloon does, for the Lord is consistent, solid, and tangible to the degree that He defines these concepts.

 

My God is the foundation upon which I set my feet, and His love is the defining element for my soul; still, He amazes me with His knowledge of my heart and with His capacity to grasp my needs and His willingness to continually meet them. God’s complexity and expansive nature compel me to seek out knowledge of Him; every time that I begin to think that I know Him well, the Lord reveals more of Himself to me, and in each situation where I believe that I have reached the limit of His provision or His involvement in my life, God goes further and does more with and for me. There is no limit to the Lord!

 

God knows us well, and He is fully aware that human nature is such that if we already knew everything about Him and if we had the full picture of God’s involvement in our lives laid out before us, we would become too casual about our relationship with Him; we would tend to take Him for granted and stop seeking His wisdom and grace as the essential activity of each of our days. So, God retains His mysteries, and He reveals Himself to each of us as we trust Him and seek to know Him better; thus, God blesses us daily with the gift of the further revelation of Himself.