Read: Genesis 11:18-26
A friend recently shared an illustration with me about what our walk with God is like. She said it’s like jumping off of a boat into the ocean. Once we are in the water, the water moves us to and fro and takes us from place to place. We have no control over it because it holds the power, but we still have a role in the relationship: to jump.
We have to choose to jump into the water. The same is with faith in God. He is the one doing the work. He does miracles. He saves. He renews our character. He will take us into eternity with Him. We just have to have the faith to jump in and allow Him to work.
Genesis 11:26 is the first time Abram is mentioned and enters the scene of the Bible. He becomes one of the most well-known characters in the Bible, largely for his faith. Out of faith, Abram, later renamed Abraham, moves into a foreign land, has a son at an old age (100 years old to be exact), and is even willing to offer his son as a sacrifice to God.
Hebrews 11 brings up the conversation of faith. Verse 6 says, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” Faith is necessary. We can do nothing without it. How Abraham lives is an example of this. We also see through his life that God does wonders when we have faith.
Talking about Abraham, Hebrews 11:12 says, “Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born descendants as many as the stars of heaven and as many as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.” Because Abraham trusted in God, God brought millions into existence, including Jesus.
We see here though that all Abraham did was say yes to God. God did the rest. Abraham didn’t make things work out when he moved to a new land. He didn’t make his infertile wife able to have a child in her old age. He didn’t make a ram appear to take the place of his son as a sacrifice. God did those things. Abraham simply said yes to God and God did amazing things because of it.
What is God asking you to jump into today? Write down one thing that you need to say yes to, trusting that He will be faithful in.