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Faith obeys

It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God. Hebrews 11:8-10

Abraham was a great example of what an obedient child of God is all about. He was successful in his business, well-liked by the people in his community, and earned the trust of others. Yet, God called him to leave all these things that made life for him comfortable. He was told to go to a place he did not know. All he knew is that God promised that He will be with him. This was a man who lived in the safety of his riches. But when God called him and he obeyed, he lived in tents. Why did he follow God and not even asked Him for anything that will provide him and his family a somewhat sense of direction? There are times that we find it difficult to obey God because we are asking Him first to provide us clarity and a guarantee that everything will turn out fine. The problem with these demands from God is that no matter what answer He provides it will never be satisfying to us. We have a different perception as to what security and assurance look like. Abraham believed God’s word with certainty that he regarded God’s promises as something to take hold in the present. If you claim that you are a child of God, you have to grow in your trust in Him. You have to believe though you do not see it yet. “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see” (Hebrews 11:1). You will let Him know that you will leave to Him all the details and that all you will do is to let Him lead you. Abraham obeyed because he knew that the best place to be is in the center of God’s will. You must realize that the only way you can grow in your relationship with Him is when you trust His promises. Understand that there will be instances that you have to learn to wait until His promises are fulfilled in your life. A life of faith is willingness to act in obedience. Obedience is an outward evidence of an inward faith. If you truly believe what He says in His word then act in obedience when He is calling you take a specific action.


Noel De Guzman

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