Note: Abraham’s life illustrates how the believer in the Lord Jesus Christ
is to face decisions…the natural life that looks to the earthly life here and
now OR the life of faith and trust in Him…a life that promises His life rather
than our way…a path where “all things work together for good to them that
love God”….the “sifting” experiences bring “self-disclosure” and the Lord
would have us turn from confidence in the flesh to dependence upon Him.
Luke 22:31: “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan asked to have you, that he might
sift you as wheat.”
“Let us go back to Abraham, the very father of faith, and notice how he had to
learn these lessons after the same fashion. Most of his life was made up of
‘going out’ from the natural, of leaving the natural to learn the supernatural.
He left his home, his kindred, and his country. He left Lot the first choice of the
land. He left Lot. He left the spoils of battle to the king of Sodom. At each
of these steps of faith he acted contrary to nature, while every atom and instinct
of his natural life must have shrunk from such obedience. As he was forever
leaving the natural whether of affection, of choice, or of possessions, the old
patriarch could look up and say:
He emptied my hands of my treasure store,
And His covenant grace revealed;
There was not a wound in my aching heart
But the balm of His breath had healed.
Oh! tender and true was the chastening sore
In wisdom that taught and tried,
Till the soul that He sought was trusting in Him
And nothing on earth beside.
(Crowded to Christ, L.E. Maxwell)