Abraham was a man noted of his faith in the unseen God. God was pleased with faith. God rewarded his faith. Why did he have such faith as to obey God without reserve? God told him, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you.” Why did Abraham obey when no one (not even Abraham) had seen this God? Abraham was already 75 years old and had established himself in his home ground with wealth and fame. Why should he leave all behind and move his base to a new and unknown ground? He could have refused his father’s decision to move from Ur to Haran. After the death of his father he could have returned from Haran to Ur. Or he could have remained in Haran where he had continued to prosper. But Abraham uprooted and moved on when God told him to do so.
We often ask the same question when we read of men and women (missionaries) leave their homeland and go to foreign and unknown remote lands. The watchman has asked the same questions and found one answer. The answer is Abraham had known his God. The missionaries know their God. Who is this God? He must be real to those who are willing to give up all to follow Him to the end of the earth. He must be so great to them that they have no alternative but to listen to Him and obey His command. His love for them must be so overwhelming that they have followed Him wholeheartedly and without doubt. His reality and impact on their lives have enabled them to become the overcomers in Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him (Satan) by the blood of the Lamb (Jesus Christ) and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. ”
Who is Abraham’s God? We can have glimpses of Him when we read Abraham’s experience with God. We can also know from reading the Bible’s record of how God viewed Abraham. Not only that, we read of how God viewed those who had gone before us but had their names recorded in the hall of faith in Hebrews 11 and 12. (Quoted in parts. Please read the whole chapters)
Hebrews 11 New King James Version (NKJV)
By Faith We Understand and see God
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. 9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; 10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.
The Heavenly Hope
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them,[c] embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14 For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. 15 And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
By Faith They Overcame
39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
Hebrews 12 New King James Version (NKJV) The Race of Faith
1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Renew Your Spiritual Vitality
12 Therefore strengthen the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees, 13 and make straight paths for your feet, so that what is lame may not be dislocated, but rather be healed.
The Glorious Company
22 But you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, 24 to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.
Hear the Heavenly Voice
25 See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven,
28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may[j] serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. 29 For our God is a consuming fire.