Posted by: Terry | March 5, 2009

Abram believed the Lord!

Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:6 NIV)

God made a promise, Abram believed God, and then he was declared to be in right relationship with God. This simple yet profound act is the example of faith for all people for all time.

The religious act of circumcision was yet to come; the statutes of the Law were 430 years away; “Abram believed the Lord;” period, end of story. All of history is different because Abram believed what the Lord said.

The central issue of the Bible and the critical question for all of us is do we believe God. When we do we are righteous – we are in the correct alignment with God, placing him in the proper place as God and living accordingly. When we do the blessings and peace he promises become reality.

God really only asks one thing of us, that we believe. Believe when it makes no sense; believe when we see no way out, believe when we do not understand. He simply wants us to be, “fully persuaded that God had (has) power to do what he had promised.”

Solomon wrote, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.” James counsels us to ask for wisdom without wavering. When you don’t understand, keep believing and you will be in right alignment with God, regardless of the situation; you may not know the future, but you know who made the promise, and that is reason for holding fast.

Paul wrote, “I know whom I have believed, and am convinced that he is able to guard what I have entrusted to him for that day.” When the events of today bring concern for tomorrow, keep believing that God holds your faith in the palm of his hand and nothing can take it away, your future is secure.

Jesus said, “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” If we can trust him with eternity can we not then trust him for today?

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