God tells us we only need faith the size of a mustard seed. He teaches us that His promises are true. If we only stop and turn to God, we will receive salvation. The road to faith seems relatively easy when I look at these few perspectives.
The story of Abraham comes into view. I read from Genesis and find that at age seventy-five years old, Abraham left everything he knew and said “yes” to God. Following God at any age is not easy if your “yes” truly means “yes”. Here is what God said to Abraham:
The Lord had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.
“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12:1-3
But along the path to faith, there are many detours. God created us as humans and gave us free choice. How do we follow through on our “yes” and stay true to God’s calling when challenges set in?
I do not have all the answers, but this is what I know:
God is the same today, yesterday and tomorrow.
His faith and belief in us are enough to move mountains.
God’s presence never leaves our sides.
His love never fails, and
When we go off road, God will restore us to the main path with one small invitation from us.
Abraham faced one test after another. The best part of his story is the perseverance he displayed through each one. If I want to gain a clear picture of faith, I look to Abraham. His story reveals a faith that I pray to have a tenth of in my own life.
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May we live like Abraham with our eyes on God and our hearts willing to say “yes”. I pray we find our own reserve of perseverance when the going gets tough.