Do you really believe that what you believe is really real? If we really believed that what we believed was really real, how then should we respond to the commands to love our neighbors, forgive as we have been forgiven, and live lives worthy of our calling? In a moment of clarity Abram heard what God was saying, and he believed that it was really real – and thus we are given the incredible declaration that teaches the life of faith leads to righteousness.
A lot of problems (pun intended) begin when we look to things other than God for our livelihood. The lure of the world draw us, offering ease and comfort; riches and abundance, however, often times it is but a baited hook. Whereas Abraham becomes for us the poster child of the life of faith; Lot will become the poster child for the life of folly. If only he had learned, as Abram had learned in Egypt, that the life of faith relies on God.
While we are being perfected in the life of faith, none of us will be perfect. In those moments we take our eyes of God; stop up our ears or fail to seek His face, it is easy for us to slip into devices of our own fallen nature. Thankfully, God demonstrates grace when the life of faith fails.
We join Abram as he responds to the call of God and steps into the life of faith. His journey will become a portrait of what are journey will look like, being both an inspiration to draw us one ward, and a warning of the potholes for which we should watch.
As Lydia met with a small group of women, as she had done on many previous occasions, she had no idea that God was directing Paul's steps towards her. What we learn from the experience of Lydia is that God is active in our lives, wooing us into that place were it is His will for us to respond to His love.