FROM THE MIND OF WEBSTER
• Even Though – Used as a stronger way to say “though” or “although.” In spite of the fact.
• Obeyed – To follow the commands or guidance.
• Not Know – Not in possession of knowledge or information.
• Past – Beyond the capacity, range, or sphere of.
• Enabled – To make possible.
• Promise – A declaration that one will do or refrain from doing something.
• Tested – An ordeal required as proof of conformity with a set of beliefs.
MUSINGS FROM OTHERS
Waiting is, perhaps, one of the most difficult disciplines of life. Despite the difficulty, genuine faith has learned to wait for the fulfillment of God’s purposes in God’s time. But, while we are waiting, we must also be obeying, even though…
Even Though He Did Not Know Where – “By faith Abraham … obeyed” (Hebrews 11:8). He obeyed when he did not know where he was going (Hebrews 11:8–10). He lived in tents because he was a stranger and pilgrim in the world and had to be ready to move whenever God spoke. Christians today are also strangers and pilgrims (1 Peter 1:1; 2:11). Abraham had his eyes on the heavenly city and lived “in the future tense” of a promise he expected to be fulfilled.
Even Though He Did Not Know How – He also obeyed when he did not know how God’s will would be accomplished (Hebrews 11:11–12). Both Abraham and Sarah were too old to have children. Yet they both believed that God would do the miracle (Roman 4:13–25). Unbelief asks, “How can this be?” (Luke 1:18–20) Faith asks, “How shall this be?” (Luke 1:34–37)
Even Though He Did Not Know When – Abraham believed and obeyed God when he did not know when God would fulfill His promises (Heb. 11:13–16). None of the patriarchs saw the complete fulfillment of God’s promises, but they saw from “afar off” what God was doing. Dr. George Morrison, a great Scottish preacher, once said, “The important thing is not what we live in, but what we look for.” These men and women of faith lived in tents, but they knew a heavenly city awaited them. God always fulfills His promises to His believing people, either immediately or ultimately.
Even Though He Did Not Know Why – Finally, Abraham obeyed God by faith when he did not know why God seemed to be working contrary to His promise (Hebrews 11:17–19). Why would God want Abraham to sacrifice his son when it was the Lord who gave him that son? God’s promises were wrapped up in Isaac.
The tests of faith often become more difficult as we continue to walk with God, yet the rewards become increasingly wonderful!(1)
Our “faith” often demands to know where, when and how things will be accomplished. When these are not readily apparent, we want to know why. These are all ways of questioning the faithfulness of God who by His very nature cannot be unfaithful.
- Wiersbe, W. W. (1996). The Bible exposition commentary (Vol. 2, pp. 318–319). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.