How is a hero of faith made? God looks into hearts and his Wisdom and Powers choose always the man most fit for it. God had found David, the son of Jesse a man after his own heart (1 S.13:14) notwithstanding some serious failings that would reveal themselves as in the case of Bathsheba. Abraham was a hero of faith because God could work with his faith despite of his momentary doubts. The Spirit in narrating the life of Abraham introduces Eliezer of Damascus to instruct us that God does not let his saints without equipping them adequately for the roles they are called to play. In God’s core Will Abraham was the father of many nations and in order to emphasize it God ‘brought him forth abroad, and said, “Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them:…So shall thy seed be(Ge.15:5).” The following verse tells us that he believed in the Lord.” In the case of Moses and Jeremiah also we see God stepping in before equipping them for their service. Moses was called to action and forty years of living with price on his head living in the outback of Horeb had sapped his impetuosity and made him inarticulate to a point of fault. But God had seen his heart and he would use all that scholarship he acquired during his life of ease in the palace of pharaoh to serve in his role as the servant of God. “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused…choosing rather to suffer affliction.” What affliction are we talking of?
“…of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh (Eccl.12:12)”. God has a way of making lives wasted as it were, come suddenly alive and as a live wire because He has a 360° view of man and his times. With the emblem of the burning bush that did not consume itself God was sure, it would appeal to his scholarly turn of mind and Moses did turn aside ‘and see this great sight, why this bush was not burnt (Ex.3:3). The many wonders God subsequently did, was to restore his former state and prepare him or the role of a deliverer. In the case of Jeremiah God approached his problem in a different manner. Jeremiah felt he was too young for the service. “Say not, I am a child…” After encouraging words God shows him a vision to test his skills and what does God say, “Thou has well seen:… for I will hasten my word to perform it .(Je.1:7,12)”
Abraham was no one special but a man of like passions and appetites as anybody else. According to the custom prevailing in the east, the position of Eliezer born in the house of Abraham was that of an heir. Abraham also tended to believe as with childless couples their wealth was earmarked for the trusted steward after their lifetime. But God was certain that he was not but to his seed, ‘he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels, shall be thine heir (Ge.15:4). God encouraged Abraham to be steadfast in his faith and made a covenant with him.
The entire chapter 15 is a lesson for us in revealing Abraham as a hero of faith despite of himself.