Posted by: Terry | May 12, 2009

The ladder of faith

God taught Abraham faith for between 25 and 50 years; he has one final test and lesson. He has discovered through various tests:

  • The Providence of God as he traveled in a foreign land
  • The Protection of God in Egypt, as God kept him and Sarah safe in spite of their actions
  • The Power of God when he defeated the five kings and rescued Lot
  • The Purity of God as he witnessed the destruction of Sodom
  • The Promise-keeping of God in the birth of Isaac

But he has not yet learned of the Propitiatory nature of God. He must learn this lesson from the greatest challenge yet to his faith, his willingness to give up his son Isaac. God will dramatically demonstrate that the only sacrifice that is acceptable is the one God provides.

To be right with God, to be saved, we must be willing to give up what we cling to most, and accept the sacrifice that only God could provide, his own son, Jesus. Though the challenge to Abraham seems overwhelming to us, it is the challenge we must face daily. We must deny ourselves and take up the cross, which is the life of faith; daily giving up everything, trusting in God to provide everything.

Abraham learned faith and is worthy to be called the father of the faithful, our responsibility is to live the same faith as we are his offspring. Abraham’s faith grew in proportion to his knowledge of God and his character. Our faith can only grow as we learn about God through his word and as we experience him in our life; every test takes us one step up the ladder of faith. This is why we can say with Paul, “we rejoice in our sufferings.”

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