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by Pastor Heiden Ratner
Aug. 23nd, 2023

“By faith, he went to live in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.” – Hebrews 11:9-10


If Abraham’s story were a movie, I imagine it having one of those powerful opening scenes. Think “Lion King,” with Mufasa encouraging his son Simba in the cool of the night, promising to be with him throughout the journey. Genesis 12 was that type of moment for Abe. God gracefully interrupts his life and casts a vision over him and his family-to-be. The Lord declares:

2 “And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” – Genesis 12:2-3 ESV

What a promise, right?! This had to be fuel in the tank for Abraham’s faith.

Holding onto these words, Abraham got up, got married, and got a move on it—by faith. He journeyed through the Land of Canaan and pitched his tent, and on through Shechem, continuing to the hill country of the east of Bethel and onward. That’s where we find verse 9. “And Abram journeyed on, still going toward the Negeb.” (Genesis 12:9)

Notice those first four words: “And Abram journeyed on…” Through famines, marriage drama, relative struggles, and much waiting… Abraham journeyed on.

I love this “by faith” passage (Heb. 11:9-10) because it also speaks to our lives. Much of the faith journey is lived in the in-between. The right now, but not yet. By faith, Abraham knew God’s promise and believed He would be faithful to his word, so he kept pitching his tent and kept his eyes on the promises, not the problems.
For us today, let us learn from Abraham’s faith to believe God in the seemingly ordinary seasons of the in-between, pressing on and looking forward to all that God still has to come in Christ. He will be faithful to His promise!

25 “And this is the promise that he made to us—eternal life.” 1 John 1:25


Lord, today my eyes are on You and Your promises in Christ. As I walk this day out, although I may not be where I want to be, I know I have everything I need in You. Help me to make a difference and be effective in this season. Strengthen me. Encourage me. And when I feel defeated, help me to remember Your promises and journey on by faith. In Jesus’ name, amen!

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