Of all the things that we struggle with in the race of faith, we struggle the most through the hard moments of life. I think everybody does. We struggle with the length of the race; we’re running for a lifetime. We struggle with burnout and faith-fatigue because the race is so long. We struggle with distraction, i.e. we struggle to keep our eyes focused in the right place and on the right thing. We’re lured in all sorts of different directions after all sorts of the different things, some of them are even very good. We struggle with temptation and deceit. We struggle with all kinds of things in this race of faith, but perhaps, perhaps the hardest and most painful thing we face in the race of faith are the hardships and trials of following Jesus. We all deeply during trials because those hard moments seem to go so contrary against the good that God has promised. The hard moments and hard times of life lead us to question just about everything. The hard moments and the hard times of life lead us to doubt just about everything that God has said. Tonight as we unpack Genesis 22, we learn a lot about faith as he watch Abraham trust God no matter what he saw or felt.
“E.T is full of timeless longings expressed in children’s literature of all eras.” Timeless longings. Because we all long. We yearn. We search. We hope for home. We are all wrestling with a longing for home. We’re all feeling at least a little bit like refugees, like nomads on some crazy journey. And so at times we’re lonely, other times isolated and feeling away, but generally just longing for home. Paul has hope for the refugee. We are going home and God will make sure of it. Romans 8:18-30