In our exploration of Genesis chapter 12, we revisited Abraham’s call and paralleled it with the New Testament call of the disciples by Jesus. This narrative serves as a poignant reminder of the faith journey’s inception through a step of obedience and trust in God’s promises. However, as we venture further into Abraham’s story, we are confronted with the inevitable reality that believers will face tests and trials in their walk with God.

Abraham’s Test and Failure: The sermon focused on a particular episode where Abraham, despite his faith and obedience in leaving Ur, succumbs to fear and deception upon facing famine and potential danger in Egypt. His decision to lie about his relationship with Sarah to protect himself illustrates a moment of weakness and lack of trust in God’s protection. This incident is a vivid example of how even the pillars of faith, like Abraham, can falter.

The Universality of Testing: Just as Abraham was tested, so are we all. Tests come in various forms—financial struggles, relational tensions, health issues, or internal battles with sin such as pride, lust, or anger. These tests are not unique to any one believer but are a common aspect of life. However, the Christian faced with trial or adversity should have a proper mindset toward facing hardship. Hardships should lead us to draw closer to God, even if we do not emerge victorious in this life.

Failure as Part of the Faith Journey: The sermon underscored an important truth: failure is a part of our spiritual journey. Every believer, at some point, will face moments of failure where they fall short of God’s standards. Yet, these moments are not the end of our story but rather points where we learn more about our frailty and God’s immense grace and patience.

God’s Unfailing Faithfulness: Despite Abraham’s failure, God remained faithful. This is a central theme of the gospel: God’s faithfulness is not contingent on our perfection. He knows our weaknesses, our temptations, and our future failures, yet He calls us to Himself and promises to never forsake us. This assurance is grounded in the nature of God as revealed in Scriptures, where we see His steadfast love and mercy displayed time and again.

The Role of Repentance and Confession: In light of our inevitable shortcomings, the sermon highlighted the necessity of repentance and confession. 1 John 1:9 serves as a comforting promise that when we confess our sins, God is faithful and just to forgive us and cleanse us from all unrightedness. This process of confession and forgiveness is vital for our growth and sanctification as believers.

Conclusion: The call to “Come and follow me” is both a call to embark on a journey of faith and a promise of God’s guidance, provision, and forgiveness along the way. Like Abraham, we are called out of our comfort zones to trust in God’s promises, and like the disciples, we are invited to forsake all to follow Christ. As we navigate the tests and trials of life, let us remember that our failures are not final but are opportunities to experience God’s faithfulness and to grow in our reliance on Him. In every challenge, may we find comfort in the knowledge that we are held securely by a God who knows us fully and loves us unconditionally.