Christopher B. Harbin
Genesis 15:1-6; Luke 12:32-40; Hebrew 11:8-16
Trust is a fickle creature. It is easy to lose and very difficult thing to regain. Yet we are called upon to trust friends, family, educators, professionals, public figures, the uniformed, and even strangers. We grant others our trust, though in varying degrees. We assess hidden motives as validation for offering our trust. We use experience to gauge the trustworthiness of individuals and corporations alike. We often trust the self-interest of others, thus gauging what we might expect out of them. In such a garbled context, how can we learn to grant God our irrevocable trust?
As Abram was learning to trust God, Yahweh promised that his faith would be justified. There was little in his experience to justify that trust. Abram did not have a heritage of faith in Yahweh on which to build. It would appear that his own father had been idolatrous and Abram's faith was leading him into uncharted territory. Now Yahweh's promise addressed future blessing in what seemed a very uncertain future.
His question to God was consistent and logical. What blessing of importance could Yahweh grant if he did not have children? In a context where life beyond the grave was not yet understood, it was only through one's children that one could hope for any future beyond the grave. Abram was living out his trust in Yahweh, but seemed to have little to show for it. Now, with all signs to the contrary, Yahweh promised children. God promised offspring as numerous as seemed the stars of the heavens. Somehow Abram found the courage to trust God, despite contrary evidence. Do we trust God when we can't see the way ahead, nor how God could meet our needs?
We took a group of children and youth to see Evan Almighty. In this modern re-telling of the Noah story, the main characters must likewise learn to trust God beyond the scope of the humanly expected. Unlike Abram and ourselves, Evan is ...
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