July 01, 2023

A Life Marked by Faith

Hebrews 11:8-10

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went. . . .

—  Hebrews 11:8

Though some of us are more adventurous than others, we all long for at least some ­level of adventure in our lives. Spiritually speaking, adventure begins the moment we hear and heed the call of God in our lives.

This month, let’s travel alongside Abraham in his adventurous journey of faith. Abraham’s journey includes incredible challenges, painful setbacks, and thrilling victories—all in the context of being called to follow God and to believe in God’s promises.

Even though Abraham lived 4,000 years ago, he is still revered as a prophet of God by three major religions: Chris­tianity, Judaism, and Islam. He is considered the father of God’s Old Testament people, and his life made a huge impact on human history.

But what made Abraham great? Ultimately it was God who did that. God called Abraham, and Abraham believed in God, and God credited that to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:6; Romans 4:3). Because of God, Abraham’s faith in God became the defining mark of his life.

This month, as we study the life of Abraham together, we too will be challenged to trust in God, take him at his word, and step out in faith. An exciting adventure awaits all who follow God’s call.

Lord and God, you have invited us into the great adventure of faith, assuring us of your presence always. Give us courage and confidence to follow as you lead the way. Amen.

About the author — Dan Jongsma

Daniel Jongsma serves as an interim pastor in Fulton, Illinois. He has pastored congregations in Elmhurst and Fulton, Illinois; in Dearborn, Michigan; and in Nashville, Tennessee. Dan also served as a church planter in the Chicago area. He and his wife, Gloria, have three daughters and four grandchildren.

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