CHAPTER 26 -- The Obedience of Faith
"By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed to go out." Heb. 11: 8.
Beloved soul, you still say that you
would fain believe, that it is your earnest and sincere desire to
belong to the people of the Lord. You are nevertheless kept back, for
what reason you yourself do not really know. Perhaps it is because it
is not yet quite clear to you what you have to do when you believe. You
do not yet understand the simplicity of faith, nor see that it is
something which you can and must do without any even the least delay.
Let us try to understand this by the example of the father of the
The Lord had said to Abraham: "Go thou
out of thine own land to the country which I shall show thee." In this
calling of Abraham, we find a divine command and a divine promise. The
command is, "Go thou out of thine land": the promise is, "to a country
which I shall show to cleave to the word: "The Lord will bring you
"But I have not received the promises,"
you cry. My reply is, You have indeed received the promises. God is not
so unrighteous as to say to anyone that he must go to heaven without
the promise that He will bring him thither. He has given you Jesus to
show you the country, and to lead you on the way thither. He does not
say, "Repent ye," without pointing to Jesus whom He ordained to give
repentance. He does not say, "Abandon sin, and be saved," without at
the same time saying, "Jesus frees and saves from sin." And it is only
in the strength of this faith that you shall enter heaven. Therefore,
soul, observe the calling of God: pray, understand that Jesus will do
all for you: receive Him this day as the guide on the way given by God.
However wretched you are, just simply believe that it is truth that God
has given His Son Jesus also to you to save you. Be willing and
acknowledge Him as your Savior. Rejoice in the thought: God has given
Him to the sinner and thus also to me. And although you still feel
nothing in yourself, grasp firmly this thought the whole day: carry it
round with you in the midst of all your work and over it: It is
certainly true, God has given Jesus also to me, to save me. This simple
thought is faith. Hold fast by it, thank God for it: it will speedily
send forth roots in you, and you shall rejoice in the assurance: Jesus
is leading me to heaven. By this faith, you also, having been called,
shall be obedient.