Our devotional series based on the book Climbing with Abraham by David Ramos concludes today. Last week, we looked at the final scene of Abraham's life. He died and was laid to rest with Sarah, his wife of many years, by his two sons, Isaac and Ishmael. Abraham's life, with all of its ups and downs, was a life of faith and his story of faith is a lesson for us all.
Week 30: Read Romans 4:1-25 (Stories of Faith)
"For this reason it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his descendants, not only to the adherents of the law but also to those who share the faith of Abraham (for he is the father of all of us....)" (Romans 4:16).
"Our stories are stories of faith. We place our faith in many things: jobs, an education, other people, and in ourselves with the hope that these forces will fulfill our hearts and provide us with the lives we desperately want. Yet we often find ourselves stuck and frustrated, exhausted by our own pursuits and dissatisfied with the results.
Abraham succeeded because he put his faith in the right thing. He trusted God to be his source and fulfillment, and allowed God to write the script for his life instead of trying to fashion one on his own. This is how we succeed and are saved: by placing our faith in the right One, and believing in God's guidance. Becoming the person our family and friends need begins with allowing God to become who we need.
I hope the example of Abraham's life and faith will encourage you. He was a human being just like me, just like you. God is waiting to start your adventure. I hope you'll take the challenge to become a part of God's never-ending story."
Takeaway from today's lesson: We are always putting our faith in something; let's put it in the right thing, the right One.
Prayer: God, thank you that you have an extraordinary plan for my life. Please give me the faith to pursue it. Amen.