Chapter 17 speaks of God’s promise to Abraham that he will have a son. But it did come to pass because in Chapter 22 we see that God asks Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, his son.
The time between the promise and the fulfillment of the promise is often called the “now faith” time–the time when our faith in God is tested. We must assess what we believe, what we love and who we trust. The waiting period helps us to mature in our faith.
Faith in God requires:
Belief in God (Hebrews 11:6)
- Must believe that God exists before you can come to God
- Abraham’s belief in God assured him that God would make provision for himself and Isaac
“Does your belief in God align with your faith in God?” – Min. David Everson
Love for God (John 3:16)
- God provides us with the greatest example of love in His sacrificing of His son Jesus
- Our faith should reflect our love for God. We should seek out opportunities to serve others instead of expecting to be served.
- Abraham loved God more than his own son as shown in his action to sacrifice his son Isaac
- When we operate in now faith we show our true love for God without murmuring or complaining.
Trust in God
Webster defines trust as having a firm belief in the reliability, truth, ability or strength of someone or something.
- Life’s trials and tests help to enhance our trust in God
- Abraham trusted that God would provide a sacrifice
“Can God trust you to trust Him?” – Min. David Everson
A now faith requires our willingness to wait on God for what He has promised to us in His word.
We may get impatient in our waiting time but don’t doubt God’s ability.
Wait time is now faith time. Look at the word “now.” NOW – Not Our Will
Discipline yourself to see a thing before you see it.
“You won’t see it until you see it but keep walking in it.” – Min. David Everson