What Abraham Can Teach Us about Faith & Patience
Lately, I’ve been mulling over the ins and outs of faith. Not the label we give ourselves to describe our belief systems. Rather the substance of the unseen that procures promises from God.
Faith is defined by the author of Hebrews as “...the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]” (Heb. 11:1 AMP).
So in this we see that faith is a substance or the title deed to the things we both hope for and are convinced of. And yet so many times we are in this flux of longing and waiting for the things that we both have ownership to and are completely persuaded of.
Is there a disconnect? Or is this merely part of the path that faith takes as we walk it out?
You see, I am in a period of waiting; I have been waiting for children for over ten years. That is a LONG time, and it is not my faith that is broken. (I know what God's promised by grace, so I know it is within God’s will for it to happen). So there is another element to it—That element is patience. There is something in the idea of both faith and patience working together bring about what we hope for.
The classic example of this, is the story of Abraham. He believed God for an heir and his faith spanned decades until the promised came. This is what Hebrew casually says about it, “And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised” (Heb 6:15). Talk about an understatement!