A Faith That Rests
Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.
Abraham is the father of the faith, for he latched on to the promise of God in a reckless confidence that was never seen before, or after his time! This passage asserts Abe did not waver in faith, but against all odds, grew stronger in faith! Abraham fixed his gaze on the promise of God like a beam of light piercing through a dark cloud. This promise was his lighthouse, guiding his steps to safety, and securing for him eternal righteousness and honor from both God and man.
Good ol’ Abe’s faith was described as never wavering, strong, and fully convinced. This relentless trust of Abraham was sustained in the face of old age and barrenness. This faith took on new eyes and a new perspective. Seeing and perceiving everything in his physical experience through the lens of the nature of God. It was with this attitude that Abraham reached forward, towards the promise of God, and received Isaac as a pledge.
Beloved this passage encourages us to take on the same posture of heart and to see with like sight. We too are to take our place as the faithful and stand strong, unwavering, and fully convinced as well. But unlike good ol’ Abe, we have a better deal! We are not looking forward, forcing and fighting our way through adversity to lay hold of a future prospect; but rather we are steadfast, determined, unshaken, and fully convinced of a finished work: A Historic fact.
Abraham looked forward to a future fulfillment and we, my friends, gaze behind us to an empty cross and empty tomb. The work is finished and we are to rest in that work. The promise is not dangling in front of us, but in Him is already yes, and Amen (2 Cor 1:20). That cross has provided for us, in fullness, all things for life and godliness, and secured for us every blessing in heaven (2 Pet 1:3; Eph 1:3)!
Beloved, we too are to behold our experience with new eyes, and by the same reckless confidence, trust in the cross of Christ and all that it has provided for us. Victory is not off in the distance or looming somewhere on the horizon, it is rather in every beat of our heart. We are not reaching for freedom we are free (Jn 8:36). We are not searching for wholeness we are complete (Col 2:10). We answer our circumstances by releasing our inheritance through faith in the finished work of Christ. We rest and release.
Abraham reached forward, toward the promise of God, but we beloved lean back and rest in the fulfillment. Our faith is a resting faith: A faith that is established on a finished work and a historic fact.
Beloved let us all lean back and rest in the finished work of Christ and from this blessed repose, let us remain immovable and unshakeable. Let us renew our sight and choose to filter our experience through the finished work; seeing provision, health, wholeness and freedom where others see only lack, sickness, emptiness, and bondage. After all, that is not our reality, no matter how “in your face” these experiences might be, they all must bow at the name that is above every name. Amen.