The life of Abraham (Gen. 12–25) provides an example of preserving faith. Throughout his life he clung to God’s promises, even when he couldn’t foresee the outcome of following God’s commands. Abraham is part of a line of faithful men and women, who, through the centuries, obeyed God’s instructions when the road ahead looked dark and the future uncertain. These stalwarts of faith learned to trust God through the most challenging experiences of their lives. In this lesson we will discover how Abraham’s faith led him to triumph over some of life’s greatest obstacles.
1. What unusual command did God give to Abram? Read the text below and write your answer on the lines provided.
“Now the Lord had said to Abram: ‘Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you’” (Gen. 12:1).
God instructed Abram to leave his ____________________, his _____________________,
his father’s ____________________________, and travel to a place he’d never been before.
What a challenge Abram faced! God asked him to leave the familiar, secure surroundings of his home to venture out into unfamiliar territory, to accomplish a mission he never imagined possible.
2. What promise accompanied God’s command?
“I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Gen. 12:2, 3).
God promised Abraham that He would make Abraham’s descendants into a great ____________ .
God’s commands are accompanied by God’s promises. When we obey His commands, we experience the blessing of His promises.
3. How did Abraham respond to God’s command?
“By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going” (Heb. 11:8).
By faith Abraham________________.... He ______________ , not knowing where he was going.
Abraham’s faith led him to obey God’s commands. The apostle James described well the relationship between faith and obedience when he wrote: “Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead” (James 2:17). Abraham’s faith was so good it worked. Living faith—genuine, authentic faith—always leads us to do exactly what God says.
4. When Abram was 99 years old, who did God declare Himself to be? What promise did God make to Abram?
“When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, ‘I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless’” (Gen. 17:1). “I will make you exceedingly fruitful; and I will make nations of you, and kings shall come from you” (Gen. 17:6).
God declared Himself to be ____________________________________________________.
God promised to make Abram exceedingly_________________________________________ .
God would have to be almighty to make Abraham, when he was almost 100 years old, the father of many nations. It was impossible for Sarah to conceive at her old age. But for those who trust Him, God is the God of the impossible.
5. Why was Abraham able to believe these seemingly impossible promises of God?
“He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform” (Rom. 4:20, 21).
Abraham did not __________________________ through ____________________________.
Abraham was fully _____________________________ that God was able to fulfill His promises.
Faith is the ability to go forward, convinced of God’s ability to do what He promised.
6. What was the supreme test of Abraham’s faith?
“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son” (Heb. 11:17).
Abraham’s greatest test was to offer up his son ______________________________________.
God often touches the things closest to our hearts. His tests involve the things that matter most to us. God’s strategy is to lead us to trust Him in every area of our lives.
7. How did Abraham respond to Isaac’s question regarding the sacrificial lamb?
“And Abraham said, ‘My son, God will provide for Himself the lamb for a burnt offering’” (Gen. 22:8).
Abraham had absolute confidence that ______________________________________________.
Faith looks beyond present circumstances and clings to God’s promises. Abraham believed God and God honored Abraham’s faith. When we come to God recognizing our unrighteousness, our sinfulness, our lost condition, and cling to His promises, believing by faith that He will provide His perfect Son as our Savior, we too receive deliverance from the death penalty of sin.
Today we can reach out to the One who provided the “perfect Lamb” in our place and know for sure that we, too, serve a God who keeps His promises.
Next month’s Bible study will examine “The Price of Compromise.”