Today we come to the end of our readings about Abraham. He was a vital person in the development of God’s relationship with humanity. The Jews saw him as the Founding-Father of their race. To be descended from Abraham was the ultimate test of Jewishness. As we have found however, he was not a perfect man. He was just like the rest of us; at best, fully in tune with God and willing to live a life of obedience to the will of God, but at other times … well, no need to remind you of his weaknesses and failures.
He was not just the ideal Jew however; Christians also hold him in high esteem because he is seen as the Founding-Example of a life lived by Faith.
It is this verse at Romans 4:21 that brings us to the heart of the man: He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. That, in a nutshell, sums up Abraham. If you wanted a strap line to explain what Abraham’s life was all about – something that undergirds his outlook and principles – here it is. He believed that God can, and will, do everything He has promised. PERIOD.
I remember, as a young person, visiting older members of our congregation who had on their tables a small box called a ‘Promise Box’. It was like a honeycomb with a small scroll of paper slipped into every cell. Each tiny scroll had one of the promises made by God to His people, and recorded in the Bible. Then, every day, one of these promises was carefully extracted with a pair of tweezers, read, and committed to memory.
Do you know the precious promises God has made to you about life and eternity? Grasp them, live in the light of them, and set your hope firmly on God. He will remain faithful to the end, as He did with Abraham.