Abraham came to mourn and weep for his wife – his dead.
Her life and marriage were far from easy and far from perfect.
Yet God remembered her faith…
Faith in God’s promises, even though she died without receiving them, she saw them in the distance.
She was persuaded that God would fulfill all He promised.
She welcomed those promises with great pleasure.
She repeated those promises to herself and God, knowing that her life was temporary on this earth but eternal in God’s city.
Her faith declared plainly that she was intensely seeking the Father’s-Land.
She stretched out for a better, that is, heavenly land.
This is the kind of faith that does not shame God.
God is not ashamed to be called Sarah’s God.
In Jesus, not only is He unashamed of us, He is making ready a city for us to dwell with Him.
(Isa 51:2; Deut 18:4; Lev 23:10; 1 Cor 15:20, 23; Jam 1:18; Rev 14:4; Rom 8:23, 11:16; 2 Cor 1:22, 5:5; Eph 1:14; Heb 2:11, 12:22, 13:14; John 14:2; Rev 21; Isa 41:8; Ps 105:42)
(2 Sam 7:11-16; Ps 89; Dan 9; Gen 12:3; Rom 5:14; 1 Cor 15:22, 45; Gen 38; Josh 2, 6; Heb 11:31; Jam 2:23; Ruth; Deut 23:3; 2 Sam 11:1-12:25; 1 Kgs 1-2; Gen 21:12, 25:23, 28:13, 49:10-11; Isa 7:14; Mic 5:2; Hos 11:1; Jer 31:15; Isa 53:2-3; Ps 78:49)
Genesis 22 is the climax in the account of Abraham’s life and faith.
God tested Abraham.
The test revealed Abraham’s faith - his unhindered love for, and obedience to, God.
God’s response to Abraham was, “Now I know that you fear God.”
Through examining Abraham’s relationship with God, now I know what “the just shall live by faith” means.
Now I know that God will test me - repeatedly.
Now I know that God has a plan - His will is to bless; He speaks so that I will trust; He acts to fulfill what He speaks.
Now I know that God is with me - in every place, in every circumstance, I am not alone.
Now I know that the Word of God is all about the Word of Life - Jesus.
Now I know that God will provide - in His way, in His time.
Now I know that I fear God.
God is with you.
Before you knew it, He was there. On that mountaintop, He was there. In that pit, He was there. In the normal hum of life, His is there. Whatever will happen in the future, He will be there. He is the Lord God Almighty, Who was and is and is to come! Always present.
God was with always Abraham – and Sarah, and Isaac, and Hagar, and Ishmael.
God is with you – always.
“Our Father, we know that You are present with us, but our knowledge is but a figure and shadow of truth and has little of the spiritual savor and inward sweetness such knowledge should afford. This is for us a great loss and the cause of much weakness of heart. Help us to make at once such amendment of life as is necessary before we can experience the true meaning of the words ‘In Your presence is fulness of joy.’ Amen.” – A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, 74