Bible Texts: Gen 12:4
The New Testament states, “By faith Abraham obeyed” (Heb 11:8). “I will show you, l will make you, l will bless you! ” were God’s promises to Abraham and he believed God.
Faith is not believing in spite of evidence. The proof of faith is obedience, for true faith always leads to works (James 2:14), and hearing leads to heeding.
OBEDIENCE LEADS TO BLESSING
James: 7-9: We are told nothing about the journey, which must have been very difficult; but we are told that God met Abraham when he arrived and gave him a new promise.
God always goes before us and has His Word ready to encourage us. From vs 7-9, Abraham’s life was marked by the presence of the tent (a pilgrim on earth) and the altar (a citizen of heaven).
FINALLY, BLESSING LEADS TO TESTING
Hebrews 10-13): Faith is always tested for at least three reasons:
1. To prove whether our faith is real.
2. To help our faith grow.
3. To bring glory to the Lord.
(1Pet 1:6-9; James 1:1-8).
Imagine a famine in the very land where God led him. We can be in the will of God and still suffer trials. It has been said “faith is living without scheming”, but Abraham began to scheme.
He was walking by sight and not by faith, and it cost him his testimony and almost his wife. Abraham had neither a tent nor an altar in Egypt, so “going down to Egypt ” is getting out of the will of God.
God blessed Abraham that he might be a blessing. Through Abraham and his descendants, the whole world has been blessed. Whenever God gives you a blessing, It’s so that you might be a blessing to others. God’s blessings are not luxuries; they are opportunities.