“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” (Hebrews 11:8, NIV)
Countless sermons extol the virtues of Abraham and Sarah, the dynamic duo who leapt from the comfy confines of their homeland to a land they didn’t even know existed. Scripture, however, shines the spotlight on God as the true Superhero in the story of saving grace.
Faith is less a superpower and more an ordinary, human response to the heroics of a mighty God.
The saga of Abraham and Sarah rises out of the hopelessness of their own barrenness. With no children, they left for Canaan with no real indication of future possibilities.
Except they had God’s promise. Unimaginable, unspeakable blessing would be theirs because of an eternal, omnipotent God.
But they had to trust and obey. This required leaving familiarity for a land and life to be named later. It meant admitting their emptiness and finding their fullness in God alone. This isn’t any different than God’s call to each of us.
Jesus framed discipleship in the starkest terms: “Any of you who does not give up everything, he cannot be my disciple.” (Luke 14:33, NIV) This call can easily turn even the most devout into a desperado. Can Jesus be serious? Let go of everything? Is there a money-back guarantee?
Questions like these cloud the reality of a God whose presence and power eclipse even the most searing emptiness. This is Abraham and Sarah’s story: desolation overcome by God’s abundant provision.
Abraham and Sarah weren’t superheroes – and neither are we. We’re just ordinary folks following God’s direction, trusting His provision and surrendering to His superpower.
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Rev. Phillip Leo is the Church Communications Director at Barnabas Foundation. Read Phil's online bio.