Ride Along: Abraham (Pt 1)

Today we took a Ride Along with Abraham. Abraham, in all of his wisdom, could tell us to obey God. He might say that, if you are God’s friend, you can change His heart.

He might tell us that doing business with your nephew might bring a war your way that you are ill-prepared for, but God will give you victory.  Abraham could tell us that God will provide in your moment of need OR all you have belongs to God.  Abraham could tell us that patience grows when waiting for a promise.  Abraham could teach us a lot in our Ride Along with him, but above all, Abraham would tell us: God is your foundation by your faith.

Hebrews 11:10: “For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.”

The word foundation being used here could be referred to as a theme. God is our theme with every step we take when our faith leads us.

The foundation of your home is extremely important. We want a foundation to be sturdy, dependable, and strong.  We don’t want a foundation with any cracks of leaks in it.  When talking about the ground your house is standing, you want it to be all of those things and more. 

A wise man built his house on a rock and when the storms, winds and rain came the house stood.  A foolish man built his house on the sand and when the storms, winds, and rains came great was the fall of his house. God is our foundation by our faith.  Faith established God as the foundation of our life. He is the rock we build our lives on, if our faith is in Him. 

In our lives, we can establish anything as our foundation or theme in life, it could be ourselves, money, possessions, relationships and so many other things. However, our faith establishes God as our foundation and theme in life. 

The definition of faith is –

A constant outlook of trust towards God, where by human beings abandon all reliance on their own efforts and put their full confidence in Him, His word, and His promises.

The constant outlook is the first step.  We have to be looking towards Him in everything. If Abraham wouldn’t have had a constant outlook of trust toward God, he wouldn’t have been able to make the trip to sacrifice his son, who was a fulfilled promise from God to Abraham after over 90 years of waiting.

Abraham takes each step towards the mountain to sacrifice his son because God is his foundation by his faith.  God isn’t like the foundation of your house. He can go anywhere you go.  In fact, God is already everywhere, so our faith releases Him as our foundation and we tap into Him wherever we are because He is everywhere. 

Ride Along: Noah (Pt 2)

"By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household.  By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.”  (Hebrews 11:7)  

 The backdrop to Noah’s story is Genesis 6:5-8. God isn’t very happy, but Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. In Verse 13 God said to Noah, “I have determined to make an end of all flesh, for the earth is filled with violence through them. Behold, I will destroy them with the earth.  Then God tells Noah to make an ark and then God gives him instructions on how to build the ark down to the material he is to use.

 God asks Noah to build a giant boat, so that his family and all the animals will be saved from a flood that is going to kill everything on earth that doesn’t make it into the ark.

 Noah obeys God for 100 years. One hundred years of waiting wasn’t wasted for Noah because he remained in relationship with God.  For Noah, running the race was about trusting and obeying God because Noah loved God. Noah and God had a covenant, a relationship with each other.

 So a 100 year building project is complete and God shuts the door to the ark and the rains start to come and they don’t stop for 40 days and 40 nights. The flood water covered the earth for 150 days.  Noah and his family endured 100 years of boat building with no rain, now they were going to endure 190 days of close living quarters with all the animals, birds, and creeping things.  Can you imagine sleeping in a tiny zoo exhibit with ALL the animals?

 During an hour in the car with Noah for a ride along and he would tell us how to worship God the Father in every situation.  He would say, it doesn’t matter what’s going on around you, it doesn’t matter what God is asking you to do, it doesn’t matter where God is asking you to run – ALL THAT DOESN’T MATTER, ALL THAT IS SECONDARY.  THE MAIN PURPOSE OF THE BREATH IN OUR LUNGS IS TO WORSHIP GOD FROM A PLACE OF RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM.

 He would say, “Friend I know God is calling you to DO some crazy things.  I know God is asking you to sacrifice and endure more than you think you can.  I know God is requiring your patience and endurance in every minute, in every day. In the race of life, Noah would encourage us to keep the main thing the main thing and the main thing is Jesus.  Noah would tell us that our work, hobbies, and situations become weights while we run if they don’t bring glory to the Father. God will ask you to do some crazy uncomfortable things, but He is completely worth it.