It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.
It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.
"Father, thank You for these examples of human faith, and how You rewarded them. May we have the same faith as Abraham and Sarah, Father, to get us through the bad times. In Jesus' Name, Amen."
We're going to skip the Noah story for our purposes.
So, Abraham. He moved out to the middle of nowhere and then when we got there, he stayed in a tent, because that was how great his faith was. He knew that God was going to not only build, but design, a city with 'eternal foundations'. (He did.)
And then Sarah. God promised Sarah she would be able to have kids, even though conventional wisdom and common sense would have said that she was too old. But she didn't care about her own thoughts; she trusted God to fulfill His promise. And fulfill it He did. The family that came from her was so big that nobody can count them.
God built a city with 'eternal foundations' for Abraham, and He gave Sarah the children she wanted. That is our encouragement for today: God fulfills all promises that He makes.
In His Service,