FAITH

How did Abraham become a friend of God?

Adeze Ojukwu

Abraham was the only person in the Old Testament Bible, that was described as a friend of God.

Millions of sermons have been preached about this great man of faith.

The books about his obedience are innumerable too.

A fresh look at the life of Abraham may provide some comfort at this distressful time.

The humanitarian crises is unprecedented, while the political turmoil, even in the so called ‘best democracies’ is bewildering.

Many are shattered both spiritually, socially, psychologically and financially as bills keep mounting and family bonds severed.

Abraham had his fiery moments as all humans do. He triumphed, showing us a clear pattern to follow to overcome all the horrendous calamities confronting most people across the world.

This victory, rooted in a life of faith in God and his word, is vividly captured by St Paul, in  Romans 4.

16 Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all

17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did;

18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.”

19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb.

20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,

21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”

Many people claim they have faith that can move mountain. This may be true, but nevertheless several believers contend with towering mountains, that seem immovable.

Perhaps a closer look at what Abraham did may help to trounce these devilish mountains.

1 Now it came to pass after these things that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.”

2 Then He said, “Take now your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.”

3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son; and he split the wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him.

Kindly pay the attention to the story below from Genesis 22. Keenly note and prayerfully ponder over his response and disposition towards God’s hard test.

His obedience and total submission to God opened a floodgate of divine blessings to him and his descendants.

This heavenly endowment is also for all those who come to God by faith in Jesus Christ, for his sacrificial death for man’s salvation.

The words of verse 12 is quite are noteworthy  And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

Beloved be encouraged to really fear God enough to really obey him. Sometimes mistakes can occur but hold on to the grace to continue to delight to please God.

Giving up on the pursuit of God’s pleasure is not an option. Choosing to embrace self-centered desires, as well as lusts may bring some momentary elixir.

However the eternal reward may be too costly to fathom. The road to heavenly bliss may be cobble- paved, however there are visible and invisible rails for support, comfort and help.

The list includes the word of God, fellowship of the Holy Spirit, prayers of saints, personal worship, tithes and offerings, ministry of angels, dreams and visions as well God ‘s love, mercy and grace.

Furthermore always remember that God promised never to leave nor forsake his children. It is a blank cheque that includes you and every child of his.

May God’s eternal blessings and unfailing grace continue to avail for you, as you cast every burden at the feet of Jesus Christ now and always.

Please enjoy the rest of the scriptures below.

Shalom.

4 Then on the third day Abraham lifted his eyes and saw the place afar off.

5 And Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; the lad and I will go yonder and worship, and we will come back to you.”

6 So Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering and laid it on Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife, and the two of them went together.

7 But Isaac spoke to Abraham his father and said, “My father!” And he said, “Here I am, my son.” Then he said, “Look, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?”

8 And Abraham said, “My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering.” So the two of them went together.

9 Then they came to the place of which God had told him. And Abraham built an altar there and placed the wood in order; and he bound Isaac his son and laid him on the altar, upon the wood.

10 And Abraham stretched out his hand and took the knife to slay his son.

11 But the Angel of the LORD called to him from heaven and said, “Abraham, Abraham!” So he said, “Here I am.”

12 And He said, “Do not lay your hand on the lad, or do anything to him; for now I know that you fear God, since you have not withheld your son, your only son, from Me.”

13 Then Abraham lifted his eyes and looked, and there behind him was a ram caught in a thicket by its horns. So Abraham went and took the ram, and offered it up for a burnt offering instead of his son.

14 And Abraham called the name of the place, The-LORD-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

15 Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven,

16 and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son—

17 blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.

18 In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

.Ojukwu is a missionary, intercessor, development advocate and a publisher.

As a beneficiary of God’s grace and salvation, she is always excited to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with all people. Send feedback to [email protected]

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