Vol. 2, No. 23 – 6-4-2017
In the same way, Abraham believed God, so God declared him righteous because of his faith. Galatians 3:6
It is interesting when someone remarks on a past life—the life in history that had ups and downs, yet finished in great victory. There seems to be an air of taking a final exam for Abraham. I do not know about you, but tests, quizzes, comprehensive exams, oral exams throughout my education years were always intimidating (downright scary at times).
Abraham, over the years of his life, learned to deal with crunch times. He remembered the times when his decision-making was the pits.
- When Abraham was in his youth he was tested in the area of the senses—he flunked. However, when he retook the testing, he passed with flying colors
- When Abraham was in his mid-life he learned that tough lesson: when worldly parameters interfere with life, spiritual expectations flounder. He thought that his acquisitions would make him “lead-dog.” (He that has the most gold wins!) He found, as did Solomon, gold is not the answer to long-term needs. Many fail who win the lotteries.
- When Abraham grew mature (I like that word better than “old“), he discovered who was really in control. God had given him an unbelievable love gift—Isaac—and after 15-20 years, God wanted His gift back, at least in terms of Abram’s willingness. Abram learned that to surrender the things he held dearest is not a problem in God’s economy. God is more than dependable.
Hudson Taylor was a medical missionary to Inland China. In his book, Spiritual Secret, he describes his situation.
In April 1874, without money, medical supplies, or helpers, he writes his wife. “The financial balance in hand yesterday was 87 cents. The Lord reigns! Therein is our joy and rest.” The following day he wrote an additional note: “the balance is still lower, we have 25 cents . . . and all the promises of God.”
Twenty-five cents and all the promises of God!
Is this no different than Abraham’s test? “And Abraham called the name of that place, Jehovah-Jira, the Lord will provide.”
It does not really matter how great the pressure is, it only matters where the pressure lies. See that it never comes between you and the Lord, then the greater the pressure, the more it presses you to His breast. –Hudson Taylor
While it is faith alone that justifies, the faith that justifies is never alone—John Calvin
How is it, fellow believer, for you? What have you learned over these past years? Is all your gold more important than the promises of God?