“By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones.”
Hebrews 11:17-22 NKJV
This passage examines the faith of Israel’s patriarchs. That their faith proved more vibrant at the end of life is noteworthy. By faith Abraham offered Isaac, the substance of his promise, back to God. He believed God was greater than the promise. Isaac, Jacob and even Joseph, looking beyond current circumstances, were able to forward blessings to their posterity. These men of faith understood that the same God who promised is greater than the substance of His promises. Thereby were able to maintain a faith to ignite the hope of an entire nation. It was not because the magnitude of the provision was so awe inspiring. Rather, it is because of the majesty of Him who promised.
The hallmark of faith cannot rest in the hope of promised provisions. Faith has to be anchored in the character of God. Where is your faith focused? Perhaps more importantly, how will you advance that faith to your posterity?