When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2 Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.”
3 Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4 “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5 No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. 6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7 I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8 The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God. Genesis 17: 1-8
A few weeks ago I was reading through the book of Genesis and I haven’t stopped thinking about the stories in which I read. The story begins God created the Universe and everything that lives and breathes within it. It shared stories of those He walked with, and the words of wisdom in which He shared. As I was reading through the book there was something profound in which I “found!” I finally “found” my answer to this question that has been posed to me a hundred times over.
“If God is real than why doesn’t He come down here?”
I realized today that God is the Father of all things, and He had to walk away from us so that we could receive the true gift of “freedom”. Had He stayed on earth from the beginning of time (Genesis) He would have wanted to do what all parents do, and that is to tell us what and how to do it, and had that happened there would be no “freedom” of speech. There would be no “freedom” of religion, and more importantly there would be no “freedom” of “choice!”
With all my heart I believe that in His infinite love, and the fact that people and hearts don’t change, I know that during the time of Mary and Joseph there were many people who daily posed the same question that is asked today, “If God is real than why doesn’t He come down here?”
So, He did. He showed, and even when He showed many who saw Him could not believe that a God would send His only son to live and die for us, and what I love about Jesus is that he had one thing that held all of him together above all things, and that was that he trusted God.
“Father, if you are willing, please take this cup of suffering away from me. Yet I want your will to be done, not mine.” Luke 22:42
I realized that each day I’m surrounded by the words: faith, hope and love… but the word that I’m going to forever focus on is trust, because that one word (when left out) leaves every other word still questionable For without trusting in faith, we don’t have faith. Without trusting in hope, we have no hope, and without trusting in love… there is no love!
For the first time in my entire life I can honestly write, “ONWARD BY FAITH… BECAUSE I NOW COMPLETELY UNDERSTAND WHERE MY TRUST COMES FROM!