Faith looks upward and forward. Like Sarah, we may need to trust in promises which seem not only unlikely but impossible (Genesis 18:1-15). Like Lot and his family, we may need to let things go and step into the unknown (Genesis 19:1-29). Like Hagar, we may need to listen for God’s voice when we feel abandoned (Genesis 21:9-21). Like Abraham, we may have to choose between God and the things we value most (Genesis 22:1-19).
It’s easy to talk about faith, but it becomes real when we face genuine challenges with uncertain outcomes. Remembering these faithful men and women can give us confidence to move forward, trusting in the Lord, in spite of fears and obstacles.
Here are some lessons I’ve learned from these chapters, together with relevant blog posts:
- Jesus Christ is capable of doing things which seem impossible to us (Genesis 18:14): What Is the Significance of the Title “the Lord Omnipotent?”
- The words of prophets can form a scaffolding for us as we learn to personally hear and follow the messages the Lord sends directly to us through His Spirit (Genesis 19:1, 15): Why Do We Need Prophets?
- God can help us overcome the weaknesses and sins which will result in shame and sorrow (Genesis 19:24): Brimstone.
- We must live in the present and look to the future instead of clinging to the comfortable past (Genesis 19:26): “All Things Have Become New” – 3 Nephi 12:47.
- Just as God “visited” Sarah, He visits us, meaning that He is aware of us and takes care of us (Genesis 21:1): “I Know My Sheep, and They Are Numbered” – 3 Nephi 18:31.
- God will multiply our efforts over time; small beginnings can lead to great outcomes (Genesis 22:17): A Multiplicity of Blessings.
- Not only did God provide a lamb for Abraham, but He also provided Himself as the Lamb for all of us (Genesis 22:7-8, 13): What Is the Significance of the Title “the Lamb of God?”