Abraham’s obedience made his name synonymous with faith. I mean faith that is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen according to Hebrews 11. Romans 4 paints a picture of how his faith was credited to him as righteousness. However, we don’t often think about what life was like for Abraham and Sarah as a couple especially as Sarah followed her husband.
We are not told if, for instance, it was harvest time in Sarah’s kitchen garden when it was time to move. By virtue of her being married to Abraham and faith being their lifestyle, theirs was a tent mentality. Where God needed them to be is where they were.
Marriage joins two people and they become ONE. Essentially, this means that where the husband leads the wife follows. It is easy to say that ‘in those days Sarah didn’t really have a choice; she wasn’t empowered and living in the age of school and Google.’ Neither was Abraham, his desire to serve and follow God was genuine. Now in the age of school and Google it is easy to hide behind ’empowerment’ as a woman and fail to walk in faith and follow in faith. As a ‘Sarah’ following your ‘Abraham; it means that you trust his walk with God….lest you follow him ‘blindly’ out of God’s plan for your lives.
As a ‘Sarah’ in this day and age, it is easy to be so fixated on the things that your physical eyes see and get distracted from the path that the Lord has called you to.
2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV)
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
I remember the day that my husband told me that we were relocating, because I trusted and still trust his walk with God, I knew that I would follow him in the move. The Lord confirmed it to me and there was peace that surpassed all understanding. The peace helped us focus on God and not on the appearance of the circumstances. Looking back, I realize that it is easy to get fixated on one step of faith that seems really big at the time and forget that since life is a journey, well it is a good idea to take another step of faith, better still, view faith as a state of being; a lifestyle. The steps of faith did not stop at relocating, moving town was great but there was an assignment that the Lord had sent us to undertake that still needed to be executed daily.
A good example of faith as a lifestyle is Abraham moving from Hanan to Canaan to Negev….if he had gotten comfortable in those steps of faith he would not have later realized that the Lord required him to sacrifice his son and obeyed.
James 2:26 (KJV)
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV)
But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
My prayer is that we will, in reverence to God, respond to the things that He tells us though they are unseen. That our lifestyles may be those of faith accompanied by works as we walk obedience.