I’m really excited about our fall series of Sunday messages: “By Faith: Seeing the Unseen. It is based on the story of Abraham (Genesis 12-22) and it deals with the walk of faith each of us is called to take if we would follow Jesus.
Do you ever find it hard to live by faith? I do. Let’s face it, there’s a lot of mystery involved in entrusting our whole lives to someone we can’t see and whose existence cannot be scientifically proved.
For sure, there is a tonne of reward that comes from living by faith. But there are challenges and temptations and questions, as well. Faith takes us to mountaintop experiences. It also takes us through desert places where our souls thirst and God seems nowhere to be found. It requires patience as we wait for promises that won’t be fully realized in this life.
The story of Abraham is just the right place to turn in order to explore this life of faith. The Bible holds up Abraham as an extraordinary example of faith; and yet, he is someone we can all relate to because, like us, he was far from perfect. He was tempted as we are. He failed as we do. And he had to learn to wait on God’s promises as we must.
Abraham’s story is full of insights that can help us walk with the unseen God. My hope is that as we internalize them, we will come to “see Him who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27). --Pastor Tom
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