By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise.
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Our life experience is littered with disappointments. We are Charlie Brown trying to kick the football that someone always pulls away while we land on our butts. We understand what it feels like to have the rug pulled out from under us, to cling to a promise and have it dashed to the ground, to trust someone at their word and have our trust crushed. Consequently, our faith is not easily created. Abraham didn't have a history of success or failure with God and yet, he obeyed. When Abraham faltered in his faith, God did not give up on Abraham, but kept the promise to him and his children and generations to come. Our disappointments would have us not trust at all to avoid the inevitable fall. We know too well how to be afraid and lost our ability to have faith. Our God understands our fear of being let down and gives us even the faith to take those first courageous steps toward his promise.
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We give thanks, Lord, for your relentless love. Amen