“So then, those who are of faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. ”

// Galatians 3:9

Abraham, the man of faith, had a promise on his life. The Lord sought after him, calling him to His purpose, promising that he would be the father of many nations and have as many descendants as the stars in the sky — a difficult promise to believe, given that his wife was barren.

Although Abraham could not fathom the physical fulfillment of this promise, still he would worship the Lord. Every time that Abraham received a promise from God, he would create an altar in that very spot and worship the Lord in that place. He thanked the Lord and worshiped Him, though he couldn’t see any hint of these promises coming into fruition. Faith in who He is gave way to worshipful praise; Genesis 15:6 says “Abraham believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.”

Just like Abraham, we are constantly pursued by the Spirit of God. As He whispers promises to us, we are given the opportunity to believe Him and worship Him in that place. We get the chance to acknowledge His faithfulness and the certainty of His goodness, and partake in the promises given to Abraham: the inheritance of Jesus.

Faith is absolutely necessary to worship Him in spirit and in truth. We can find freedom in knowing that Jesus is the author and the perfector of faith, and find peace in knowing that it is not by our own strength but by His that we can find rest, believing the gentle whispers of God. Each day, we can take Him at His word, choosing to believe in His faithfulness and step into the promises that He has for us. Through faith in Him and His promises, we gain the vision and strength to worship Him when all seems barren.

// Paula Buresh