By: Hunter Beless
Tears well as I crack open an old book from my late grandfather’s library. His name and the date are inscribed inside the front cover: Jerry Don Abernathy, April 7, 1964. I imagine his hands thumbing through the stale pages, highlighting important quotes while he considered the author’s words. From Spurgeon, to Grand Jerry, to me, this book is a legacy of faith for my family, but it strikes me how much more the Bible itself echoes the faith of our Christian brothers and sisters throughout all redemptive history.
After Grand Jerry's death, my entire family felt a particular concern for his wife, Grand Ann, as he was her caregiver. She'd be the first to tell you that she forgets a lot these days, but the one thing she remembers is the Word of God. Just a few days after he passed, she quoted Habakkuk 3:17-19 in the AMP version (her favorite) for memory,
"Though the fig tree does not blossom
And there is no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive fails
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock is cut off from the fold
And there are no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will [choose to] rejoice in the Lord; I will [choose to] shout in exultation in the [victorious] God of my salvation!
The Lord God is my strength [my source of courage, my invincible army];
He has made my feet [steady and sure] like hinds’ feet
And makes me walk [forward with spiritual confidence] on my high places [of challenge and responsibility]."
She lost her best friend, yet God’s Word was her song of rejoicing. Likewise, when everything around Habakkuk was falling apart, he trusted God and found joy in His covenant promises.
As I listened to my Grand Ann quote Habakkuk’s words I thought, “Am I living a life worthy of this faith-filled legacy?” The legacy that traces its way from Able to Enoch, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Samson, David, Habakkuk, and many more of the great cloud of witnesses whose lives testify to God's saving grace. If we are in Christ, this is our legacy, and yet, we often live like we have no faith at all. Many days I feel the weight of my inability to live a life worthy of this beautiful calling.
But the most encouraging news is that even the heroes of our faith are really no different than we are. Some days they faithfully knocked it out of the park, like Sarah did when she followed Abraham into very unknown circumstances, while other days they faithlessly whiffed, like the very same Sarah did when she laughed at God’s promise to give her a son. In spite of their inconsistencies and ours, God remains the same: faithful.
In both our faithlessness and faithfulness, our God is always faithful to His purpose, promise, and people. He will bring about His purpose through His promise in spite of His people’s weaknesses, for His glory.
Like the heroes of our faith, our worth is fixed in the Gospel of God’s grace. He chose to impute His worth to us, even though we didn’t deserve it. “For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Ephesians 2:8-10). As heirs of God’s promise, may we live out our legacy with our eyes fixed on the beauty of the gospel and be like living, breathing, pages of God’s faithfulness for a lost and dying world to read.
Hunter Beless believes God has called her to seek after those who are lost and guide them back to their Heavenly Father. She passionately exercises this God-given design through her roles as a wife, mama, podcast host, and writer. Though they stumble often, she and her husband Brooks, strive to display God's covenant-keeping love through their marriage and oneness. They have two little girls, Hadley Grace (3) and Davy Kathryn (1) and currently reside in Fort Campbell, KY where Brooks serves in the US Army. Hunter, Brooks, Hadley, and Davy love journeying through life together for the glory of God.
Hunter is the host of the Journeywomen podcast where she chats with Christian leaders about gracefully navigating the seasons and challenges we face on our journeys to glorify God. Life’s a journey we were never meant to walk alone. We all need friends along the way!