Abraham is the father of our faith, but he didn’t get there overnight. God took Abraham on a journey to get there. Genesis 12 – “Leave your country, your relatives, and your father’s house, and go to the land that I will show you. I will cause you to become the father of a great nation.” Along the journey, however, Abraham struggles to believe God’s promise and begins looking for a shortcut.
I find Abraham one of the most interesting characters in the Bible. He is the Father of our Faith. He’s in Hebrews 11 “Hall of Faith”. He was obedient on Mount Moriah (Gen 22). And yet, it’s not the most graceful walk towards faith; he seems to fumble forward in faith.
Abraham left us a number of poor examples, the most well known being the child, Ishmael, he had with Hagar, his wife’s servant. In Genesis 20 we see another example and it leaves me in awe of God.
I started in vocational ministry in 1999. Like most people, since that time I have had some experiences that have shaped who I am and the things I believe. One of the hardest things I’ve gone through and seen in many churches is a division between opposing convictions. In my role this usually plays out in what we call “Worship Wars”, but it is not limited to this topic. I’ll use it as an example for now. A worship war is when one person believes one worship style is correct and another person believes a different worship style is correct. Now I could start getting into a lot of different topics at this point, but where I want to go is Romans 14.
Read Daniel 3
I love the story of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego. It’s a great story to share with kids when explaining God’s might and ability to overcome circumstances. It’s also a great story to remind adults that God will come through in the perfect moment.
There’s a 3rd reason I love this story and I’ve been processing through it today.