As I read a portion of the Bible known as the Hall of Faith, Hebrews 11, there is a common characteristic found within many of these individuals. In times of uncertainty, when life’s circumstances did not make sense, these historical and spiritual figures reasoned with God. Instead of turning toward doubt, each trusted in God’s ability to resolve their situation with a Hollywood ending.
Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death, Hebrews 11:19.
Take for instance, Abraham who waited most of his life to have a son with his wife Sarah. Shortly after receiving this promised child, God asked him to sacrifice Isaac. Within Abraham’s heart, soul and mind, the concept of resurrection was conceived. Thus, despite his confusion, Abraham took out a knife in faith, hoping and trusting that the Lord would provide a substitute, a replacement sacrifice for his son.
By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict, Hebrews 11:23.
In modern times, life can be just as complex, not sure how or why God allows acts of terrorism, deadly diseases and failure to continue. Yet, when trials arrive, Hebrews 11 exists to help people learn from models of faith. Reasoning with God is a natural response, crying out to Him in prayer for understanding. Although, answers may not come right away, don’t give up hope until God provides a solution for your latest dilemma.
by Jay Mankus