We are still gaining some background knowledge about how to receive the vision that God has for our lives. We are here on this earth to reach and fulfill this vision. It is hard to work towards something that you can’t see right in front of you. This is why God said you have to have faith.
My dad, being the great teacher that he was, would always ask us open ended questions: “Did Abraham find what he was looking for.” As kids, we didn’t know what he was talking about, but today it so clear to me.
Abraham was given a great vision of being the father of a great nation. He could have sat back and relaxed in this revelation or he could have taken the steps towards fulfilling his destiny. Abraham chose the later (read Romans 4: 1-13)
For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise . . .
Hebrews 11: 8-9
. . .These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
It is impossible to please God without faith. So, we must find out what faith is, and how to use it. Abraham had faith, and so he found what he was looking for. He did so by taking action steps. His faith actions was evidence of his righteousness. He trusted and believed God for everything that he said.
God said that Faith without works is dead. Abraham had living faith. He worked to develop his relationship with God so that he could gain direction from God. He did so by going through many trials and tests. Abraham went through his process, he received his vision, he continued to grow through progress, and he finally found that there was more to living life than just living this life.
He did this all by FAITH!!
Faith is the belief in something that you cannot see, but you know that it is real. If you know that something is real then you will keep working towards it. This concept will lead us right to our Vision. Although you can’t see the vision that God gives you in the here and now, wait for it, it’s coming.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen
Let us meditate today on this translation:
Strong belief will bring everlasting promises into plain sight.
We should have faith that one day we will be part of God’s family, in a different country that is not of this world.