03 Jun Musings on Faith-Part 2: Do you totally trust God?
Kingdom Dynamics Weekly (KDW) June 3, 2019 By Tunde Olugboji Vol 19:21
Series title: Musings on Faith
Part 2 of 2: Do you totally trust God?
The Bible says it is by faith that we preserve our souls and are saved (Heb 10:39). It is our endurance in faith that allows us to persevere unto the end. We can only connect with our savior and access our blessing through faith.
In Hebrews 11, we find many examples of persevering faith. Such faith finds its expression in us knowing by faith that God created the world (11:3). The Bible also talks about some of the heroes of the old covenant to help us better understand the nature of persevering faith and its linkages with the concept of sacrifice.
Let us first note that persevering faith is not something that we create in ourselves. We only possess true faith if God has sovereignly given it to us (Eph 2:8). Nevertheless, we recognize that once given to us, we still need the Lord to increase this faith from time to time (Lk 17:5). One of the ways the Lord can do this is through the examples of faith found in Hebrews 11.
Verse 4 says “By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain.” So, why was Abel’s sacrifice more acceptable than Cain’s? Several scholars have offered various explanations, including that Abel’s sacrifice was more acceptable because he offered a blood sacrifice while Cain offered only a sacrifice of vegetation (Gen. 4:2–4). This is probably not the best interpretation of this passage, as God also commanded his people to offer up grain (Lev 6:14–15).
A better understanding of Heb 11:4 is that Abel’s offering was done in faith, implying that Cain’s was not. God had regard for Abel because he had faith; but Cain, though outwardly obedient, lacked such faith.
The story from Genesis, on which Hebrews 11:4 is based, reinforces this. Gen 4:2–4 says that whereas Abel brought the first fruits of his labour, Cain did not. Abel trusted that God would continue to provide even after he gave up the first evidences of God’s provision. But Cain did not and withheld his first fruits from God.
Abel’s faith — the faith that trusts in God’s provision, a sacrificial faith — is the kind of faith that will endure even during adversity. If we do not trust God to provide for us even before he has done so, we will certainly not trust him under duress.
Do you trust that God will provide for you? Are you able to offer the sort of sacrifice Abel offered? Do you believe that God will really meet you at all the points of your need? This week take some time to look at the things you can offer to God — time, money, or relationships. If you have been holding back in any of these areas, seek to give them to God in ways that truly reflect trust in his provision.