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The Beginning of Faith

Faith in God begins with God’s faithfulness. When we say someone has faith, we are making an assessment of their confidence in God. “Faithful,” when referring to God, means trustworthy. God is trustworthy. The whole reason we have faith is because God is faithful. Stated another way, we could not have any trust in God if God were not trustworthy.

Hebrews 11 says, “By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, ‘It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.’ Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.”

I’m sure Abraham struggled with doubt as he carried Issac to Mt. Moriah. But Abraham had faith. He was confident that God is consistent with His own character. God promised Isaac would live and that promise was enough to give Abraham confidence to proceed. 2 Timothy 2:13 says, “if we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.” In other words, it is in the very nature of God to be trustworthy. The reason God is faithful is because God is God.

It is good to remember that our faith begins with God’s character. Without God’s trustworthy promises we can have no confidence. Had Abraham lacked confidence in God’s promises, he would have been overwhelmed with “why” and failed to obey. We can obey God because God is trustworthy.

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