A picture of faith

A couple of days ago I was walking barefoot through my house. Just walking around the living room for exercise, and I felt something on my foot. It was a little stick from the yard and it stuck to my foot. But I was focused on walking in a circle around the living room so I didn’t want to break away from the track I was on. So I quickly picked up my foot, grabbed the stick and through it across the room towards the trash can and kept walking.

During the next two steps I gained a new understanding of the realm of faith. You see the second that stick left my hand I knew I had thrown it just right. It wasn’t even going to be close to missing the trash can and yet it was up in the air. I felt that strange feeling where you know exactly what’s going to happen and you just keep moving and watch the thing you already know take place. It’s not my first time to experience the sensation but it was the first time God put everything together in my head. That is the faith realm. Those steps you take in life when you haven’t seen it yet but you know exactly what’s going to happen.

I wasn’t transported to another dimension and yet I kind of felt like I was living a dream. I’m sure some of you have lived a dream out in real life. It’s a feeling better than any drug, it’s perfect clarity and exhilaration. It’s living life in the moment with no possibility of failure. It’s heavenly. It’s the faith realm and miracles happen in the faith realm.

Hebrews 11:1 tells us, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” When you shoot a basketball and you just know it’s going in, you wait with a great anticipation. When you throw the bowling ball just perfectly but it hasn’t reached the pins and you’re already celebrating the strike. You haven’t seen it happen and yet in your spirit you felt it, you already know what’s coming.

Later in Hebrews 11:17 we see, “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son”. I read through that story this morning and Lord stuck it in my mind. We know the prophetic picture of the assignment right?

Back in Genesis 22 the story is told. God tests Abraham by asking him to offer Isaac, the son of the promise, his only son with Sarah, the princess. He leaves everyone else with the donkey at the bottom of the mountain and the father and son go up together. Abraham road out to the mountain knowing that Isaac would be a father one day because he believed what God told him. And at the same time Abraham walked up the mountain to kill his son in obedience to what God told him. That’s what faith feels like. Just knowing that God will make both of those things work even though Abraham didn’t understand how it would play out.

When it did play out, it became a prophecy of Jesus and picture of perfect faith. When he got to the top of the mountain he tied up Isaac and put him on some wood. He got out a knife and a torch and started the process of killing Isaac, somehow knowing God would make sure that Isaac was still going to be a father one day. As he dropped the knife the Lord showed him the reality of the plan when he gave Abraham a ram to sacrifice in place of his some, just as Abraham had spoken in his walk of up the mountain in faith.

Now Isaac became a picture of a nation that would reach the world and that ram became a picture of Jesus through whom Abraham became the father of not just many nations, but all nations. Many people imagine that walk up the mountain as a cruel cold time for Abraham. But Abraham knew what God said and he knew what would happen. He committed himself to obey God even when he didn’t understand and through his own words his son was saved. Through his obedience God revealed unbreakable scripture, a prophecy that Jesus would one day fulfill in every detail.

Just as Isaac would be sacrificed and yet one day be a father, the ram, Jesus would be sacrificed in place of Isaac, the man destined to laugh. And just like Isaac, Jesus would be the Father. Just like Abraham, the word of the Father would become the destiny of the son, who would then be returned to the Father. And all nations would be blessed by Him. The Word became Flesh and dwelt among us. May the Lord give you the faith to walk to go west in order to end up in the east. May the Lord give you the faith to know what’s in the air around your life waiting to drop in the goal. May you watch with anticipation as your life’s callings are slowly fulfilled before your eyes and may God bless all y’all.

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