THE JOURNEY OF FAITH
by paul hoffmaster
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THE JOURNEY OF FAITH
Some of the greatest blessings of God are experienced through faith that is evidenced by works. Whenever you hear someone express the joy of received blessings, there develops a reactionary expression of excitement. It is like a “spiritual adrenalin” rush. Not only are we blessed by horizontal sharing, but also by the incidences of faith that we see scattered throughout God’s Word. The story of Abram (later to be called Abraham) is one example of faith unleashed. Here is a man who at the age of seventy five was told by God to leave his country and kinsfolk and go to a land that God would show him. His journey of faith would lead him to a place not only of personal fulfillment, but also to the fulfilling of God’s purpose. God told him that He would make of him a “great nation,” that He would make his “name great,” that He would “bless them” that blessed him and “curse” those that would curse him. (Gen. 12: 1-8) In fact, over sixteen times, God would use the phrase “I will” indicating that the promises to Abraham and Sarah would be fulfilled in the future. For Abram to see the reality of these blessings, he would have to walk by faith until he reached the place where God would release His promises.
Many Believers are questing for immediate blessings. We are a generation that seeks instant gratification. With our impatience we want God to bless us in the “here and now” without any real action on our part. We want the blessings and then we will believe. We want the substance before we commit to an action. We want the promises before we begin our journey of faith. We want to wait for positive feelings to kick in before we conform to God’s Word. With this type of attitude, the blessings of the Kingdom rest in escrow. It is not until the Believer exhibits faith that he can acquire the held back promises.
Abraham’s whole life was surrounded by blessings that could only be experienced when he acted in faith. The declaration that he would have a son in his old age became a reality only when he believed God’s Word. (Rom 4: 21) The promise that God would establish a covenant with Isaac and that it would be an everlasting covenant (Gen 17: 19) did not deter Abraham from following God’s command to offer his son as a “burnt offering.” (Gen. 22:2) Abraham knew that if he did kill his only son, God would have to raise him up from the dead to honor the promises that He had given him about Isaac (Heb. 11:17-19).
What pleases God is when we trust Him and take Him at His Word. God has so much for us, yet we fail to receive His blessings because we do not venture out on the journey of faith. We want to know where it will lead us and what it will be like when we arrive. We want to lean on our own understanding. We want to see it, and then we will believe it. As Abraham was challenged to number the stars which would represent his seed (Gen 15: 5), let every Believer imagine the blessings that await us. When are we going to understand that we are in good hands with “all God?” Let us begin our journey of faith knowing that the promises of God await our arrival.
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