By Chidiebere Dennis Owah.
THE JOURNEY OF FAITH AND FAITHFULNESS TO FAVOUR AND FORTUNE:
Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. And Abraham was old, and well-stricken in age: and the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. (Genesis 12:1-4; 24:1).
Friends, I want us to do a series on faith in the next couple of days or, maybe, weeks. This is given the fact that faith is a critical thing in the life of anybody that wants to please God and succeed as a believer in Christ (Heb.11:6). Not only that, the days in which we live are so full of uncertainties and precariousness that the average person that exists in this days is unsure of what tomorrow holds. That is why I want us to do this series on faith, in order to equip us, spiritually and mentally, to face the future with courage and confidence of faith.
Meanwhile, we cannot discuss faith without talking about Abraham the Father of faith and all Faithfuls. So, we are going to begin this series by caring out an expose on the life and times of this Patriarch, Abraham. Now, we are doing that by looking at his journey of faith and faithfulness that led him to favour and fortune. There are three things we need to point out in the life of faith that Abraham lived. They are:
1. THE COMMENCEMENT OF THE JOURNEY OF FAITH THROUGH REPENTANCE FROM SIN: “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord” (Gen.12:1, 3; Acts 3:19).
You know, folk that every journey must have a beginning, commencement or tee off point. The life of faith in Christ is no different. It is not what somebody stumble into. There must be a point of departure, a take-off point, if you will. And that is the point of repentance from sin. In fact, it goes without saying that sin separates a man from God (Isa.59:1). And what are we talking about, faith in the Almighty God. How will you have and keep faith with somebody you are not in good terms with. That is why repentance from sin and restoration to the Saviour remain sacrosanct as far as any walk of faith with the faithful God is concerned.
2. THE CONTINUATION OF THE JOURNEY OF FAITH THROUGH A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE SAVIOUR:” And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. These are they which follow the Lamb withersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb”. (Gen.17:1; Rev.14:4b).
Looking at the life of Abraham, you will agree, completely, with me that it is not enough to say I have commenced a walk with God. There has to be the process of continuation of that journey for one to, eventually, arrive safely. We must take a resolute decision to walk consistently with the Saviour before we can guarantee safe arrival. And, for your information, that continuation has to be on the basis of a maintained, sustained and retained relationship with God which thrives on righteousness and true holiness. We must follow the Lamb (Saviour) through a functional relationship with Him.
3.THE CONSUMMATION OF THE JOURNEY OF FAITH THROUGH RIGHTEOUSNESS IN STEWARDSHIP:
“And the angel of the LORD called unto Abraham out of heaven the second time, And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice”. (Gen.22:15-18.)
That chapter we read was recorded during the twilight of Abraham’s days on earth. This is giving the fact that by the time you get to chapter 25 verse 8 of that book of Genesis, you will read the account of his death.
Of a truth, Father Abraham serves as a role model, a trail-blazing for all those who want to walk and live the life of faith. His life and times provides us with a lot of lessons on the rewardable nature of a decision to walk with God by faith. Of a truth, the decision of this ancient Patriarch paid off, extremely. He was handsomely rewarded by the Almighty God for his righteousness and stewardship. Now, how did he demonstrate this righteous stewardship? Well, we read it, he gave his best (Isaac) to the Lord of glory. And, God in reciprocation gave Him the best, a dynasty of Faithfuls in all generations.
May God help you, friend, to give your best to Him in Jesus name.