By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out…
I. GOD'S PEOPLE ARE OFTEN CALLED TO STRANGE PRIVATIONS.
1. One hard feature of these privations was that they had come in the way of obedience to God.
2. Moreover, they seemed to involve unfulfilled promise on God's part.
II. THESE PRIVATIONS ARE, HOWEVER, ACCOMPANIED WITH BRIGHT PROSPECTS.
1. The present and visible does not limit our history.
2. The future will be as good as even God can make it."
3. In that future the delayed promises will be fulfilled, and the fruit of present obedience and discipline enjoyed.
III. FAITH DWELLING ON THIS PROSPECT CAN ENDURE THE PRIVATIONS.
1. Assuring us of this future, faith gives songs in present trouble. With the joy of hope we can sing as we suffer.
2. Lifting us unto this future, faith dwarfs present need. "The sufferings of the present time are not worthy," &c.
3. Showing us the possibilities of this future; faith endures present discipline. Discipline is to make the future greater. "These light afflictions work for us a far more," &c. "While we look," &c. Conclusion: Feed and exercise this faith that it may grow. By it often climb the mount and see the land that is very far off.
Parallel VersesKJV: By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.