Faith of Abraham - Part 13

Genesis 21:22-34

Over the last couple of weeks we looked at the first part of this chapter and we saw an illustration of the ups and downs of a believer's walk with God. We considered Abraham on the mountain top with the birth of Isaac, and we saw him in the valley of conflict at home. All of us would like to stay on the mountain tops and avoid the valleys, but that is not realistic. The truth that should sustain us is that God is the same no matter what our circumstance! Tonight we are re-introduced to an individual by the name of Abimelech the king of Gerar. In chapter twenty he found out the hard way, that Abraham's God was very powerful and would protect Abraham. Now that Abraham is dwelling in the area of Beersheba, he gets a visit from Abimelech.

I. Abimelech's Plea. v22-23

II. Abimelech's Pledge. v24-31

III. Abimelech's Parting. v32-34

IV. The Application for Us

Where are we in our walk of faith? On the mountain or in the valley. Are we seeing the victory or are we in the midst of conflict. Either way, we must place our trust…our faith…in the Lord. What kind of a relationship to those around us do we have? How is our testimony? Listen to what Abimelech had to say:

(Genesis 21:22) And it came to pass at that time, that Abimelech and Phichol the chief captain of his host spake unto Abraham, saying, God is with thee in all that thou doest: