This week’s post is going to be a short one because I’m bone tired and should really go to sleep soon. I’ve been working my way slowly through the Life-study of Genesis and I really enjoyed in one of my recent readings something about our forefather Abraham. In Genesis 15:6 it says that Abraham believed God and that was accounted to him as righteousness. Paul quotes this in Romans when he makes the argument that we are justified by faith and not out of works. God considered Abraham righteous not because Abraham was such a good man or because he did such good things, but because Abraham believed God.
What exactly did Abraham believe God about? It wasn’t just some general faith to believe that God exists. If you read the context of the story, God promised Abraham that he would have an heir and that’s what Abraham believed. God promised him that he and his wife Sarah would have a son and that eventually his seed would become as numerous as the stars of heaven. Abraham believed that God was able to produce a son from him, even though he and his wife were advanced in years and still had no children. Up to this point, Abraham already had many experiences of God calling him, providing for him, fighting for him, but the fact that he believed God could take care of him is not what caused God to consider him righteous. What God accounted to Abraham as righteousness was his believing that God could produce something out of him to fulfill His own purpose.
We may believe that God is almighty, that He rules over all things and that He will care for us. In hard times we may even believe that God can do miraculous things for us. It may be easier for us to believe that God can perform all these outward things than to believe that He can change us inwardly. The bringing forth of Isaac is a picture of Christ being brought forth in us. Christ is the real promised seed. What God considers righteous is when we believe that God can and will bring forth and cause Christ to grow in us. God is fully able to do it! We may have to wait a long time like Abraham did, but God will fulfill His promise. This kind of faith is what God will account as righteousness. Isn’t that wonderful?
Okay, thought this was going to be a short post but it went on a longer than I intended. Better go to bed now. Goodnight all…til next Tuesday!