There are also many contrasts in the life of Abraham. By faith he left his country; in
unbelief he stopped short at Haran. By faith he entered the land; in unbelief he forsook it
for Egypt. By faith he returned to the land to sojourn; in unbelief he took Hagar to bear a
child rather than waiting on God. By faith he rescued Lot; in unbelief he lied to
In Abraham we see the conflict of the two natures. The sin nature was constantly in
conflict with the nature he had received from God. This conflict of present-day believers
is described in Galatians 5:16-17: "This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not
fulfil the lust of the flesh.
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are
contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." Verses 24-
25 of this same chapter tell us, "And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with
the affections and lusts. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit."
Like Abraham, we are frequently inconsistent. But God is calling so He might lead us
through to triumph.The Lord referred to Himself as the God of Abraham, not because
Abraham was always consistent, but because he allowed God to bring him through to
victory. God did not abandon His man, and in His mercy He will not abandon us. Grace
is always at hand.
God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency
in all things, may abound to every good work (2 Cor. 9:8).