It breaks my heart to read about the death of Abraham. But of course, death is an inevitable destination for everyone including people we read in the Bible! I felt a lot closer to him and his wife Sarah after more than a month of reading about his life, his faithfulness and God’s promise. His life resonated a life of falling, standing again, falling again and yes standing again. He made public mistakes but he also made public declarations of his bold faith to God.
With all the chapters dedicated to retelling his life, these are lessons that stayed in my heart:
1. Have a rock solid faith in God. We were introduced to Abraham through God’s promise of giving him an offspring and making him the father of all nations. But there’s a catch… He was commanded to leave his home country and go to the place God tells him to go. No other instructions. We all know that without thinking twice, he packed his bags and left. I’m still in awe of his response after reading this passage more than a dozen times. Often, I’m left frozen and scared when God tells me to do something not knowing what the result will be. But God had proven many times over that when He leads me to do or go somewhere, it always has the best outcome.
2. He fulfills His promise. When they were promised a child, both Sarah and Abraham were stunned and pretty clueless how this will ever materialize. It seemed more like a dream than a reality. But after years of waiting, it did happen! I still have prayers left unanswered. I know that in God’s time, in God’s perfect situation, He will fulfill His promise. Until that day, I will not lose faith and have an expectant heart.
3. God has an amazing plan in store for you just like Abraham. God is an awesome writer and until we let Him write our story, we will never experience the fullness of this life. I know that 100% because even when I slip away, He uses my mistakes to create a more beautiful story in the end. Abraham made a handful of mistakes throughout his life. Even a faithful servant of God is humanly imperfect. But at the end of it all, his mistakes became a part of a beautiful story that God weaved.
Someday, I will also die. That could be tonight or 40 years from now. Who knows? I pray that through my life, God’s faithfulness shine bright just like in the life of Abraham.