17 I will surely bless you, and I will surely multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and as the sand that is on the seashore. And your offspring shall possess the gate of his enemies, 18 and in your offspring shall all the nations of the earth be blessed, because you have obeyed my voice." - Genesis 22:17-18
Abraham was a man of faith. Though there are examples of when he didn't live by faith, Abraham tried to follow God's leading, even when it didn't make sense. He moved when God told him to move, and he journeyed to sacrifice his son when God told him to.
Living by faith goes against everything we've been taught in this world. It is so natural for us to rely on what we see in front of us rather than live by faith in God's Word and His promises. Abraham had a choice in each of those situations...he could have doubted God's faithfulness, and come up with a dozen excuses for why he shouldn't follow through, but he didn't.
At the time, I imagine neither plan seemed like a good plan to Abraham - from what he could see, at least. He could have rationalized away the conviction that God wanted him to do something specific by convincing himself that he really didn't hear God right, but he didn't. He could have reasoned away both decisions with just about any rationalization, but he didn't. He chose to trust God's promises and he followed through. He chose to live by faith - and he won.
When we live by faith, we win. When we live by sight, we lose - every single time. When we live by faith, we have victory in our trials. We conquer temptation and we live without compromise. When we live by faith, it means we don't always need to know how God will work things out before we choose to follow Him - we simply trust that He knows what is best for our lives and we follow Him...even when it's hard, and even when what's in front of us doesn't make sense.
Press on ~ you are loved 💗
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