SCRIPTURE (Romans 4:13,16-18,22)
Brothers and sisters:
It was not through the law
that the promise was made to Abraham and his descendants
that he would inherit the world,
but through the righteousness that comes from faith.
For this reason, it depends on faith,
so that it may be a gift,
and the promise may be guaranteed to all his descendants,
not to those who only adhere to the law
but to those who follow the faith of Abraham,
who is the father of all of us, as it is written,
I have made you father of many nations.
He is our father in the sight of God,
in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead
and calls into being what does not exist.
He believed, hoping against hope,
that he would become the father of many nations,
according to what was said, Thus shall your descendants be.
That is why it was credited to him as righteousness.
Law was given to us so that we could clearly understand what it took (consistently, 24/7) to be righteous before God. As a result, it is through the Law that we are reminded that we are sinners. Fortunately, our faith in the Redeemer saves us from our sins.
What is faith? Merriam-Webster describes it as “something that is believed especially with strong conviction”. Having faith is simple to say but consistently believing in something with strong conviction may not be so easy!
The Hebrew patriarch, Abraham, was an imperfect person, who sometimes acted on his own volition rather than awaiting God patiently. However, what Abraham had was faith and a personal relationship with God. As Paul describes in Romans 4:13: ”Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith”. It was by his faith that Abraham and Sarah, in their elderly years, gave birth to Isaac, making way for God’s promise. And today, we, by faith in Abraham’s Descendant and God’s perfect sacrifice, our Lord Jesus Christ, God’s law is fulfilled.
In our daily trials, we must remember to lean on our faith in Jesus, the Redeemer, to protect us, relieve our anxieties, and to guide us in His righteousness. Although for me personally, it is not difficult to forget that Jesus died for my sins, I do sometimes forget that He is a living God, right here and now. We must have faith that He is here right this very moment, to protect and redeem us in our moment-to-moment journeys, for the benefit of us and our neighbors.
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- Do you have faith in the presence of Christ in your life and heart, right now?
- Have you forgotten about your faith in times of personal or professional crises?
- When has your faith been tested, and have you leaned on the living God to guide you through?
- Who has acted in faith, inspiring you to act on faith when called?
- What will you do when your next challenge arises, large or small, with respect to your faith?
This Lenten Season, have faith in the realization that our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is living inside us, eagerly awaiting to share the yoke through the trials of our daily lives. This is Truth, a statement from our Lord! In this Truth, we must have faith, and be counted as righteous through God!
Timothy Christian. He is an executive who is also author of Behaviors of Change: Turning Failure into Hope through Sustainable Life Strategies