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I saw this bumpersticker online and found it thought provoking. As we saw in today’s sermon, Abraham cerainly had enough failures to qualify for the guilt trip!
Thankfully, however, he continued his faith journey.
Reflecting on Abraham’s story, I’m once again reminded of how easy life looks when examined from the end. In other words, since we know how everything will turn out, we have trouble truly appreciating the stuggle Abraham faced. “Of course God will fulfill his promises”, we say to Abraham as he questions God’s ability. “Just hang on”, we encourage him, “Everything will turn out fine, it’s just going to take a few more years.”
I think that’s what the Holy Spirit is continually whispering in our ears. “Don’t give up, don’t give in. I know how this is all going to work out and it will be so worth it if you stay on the journey.” As we continue our series this summer you will find this to be a common element in everyone’s journey. The struggles come because we can’t see how things will turn out. That’s why living as a Christian requires faith. We can’t see the end from the beginning, but we trust the One who can. Faith is living in that trust from day to day.