So how do we fit what we know of Abraham, our first father in the faith, into this new way of looking at things? If Abraham, by what he did for God, got God to approve him, he could certainly have taken credit for it. But the story we’re given is a God-story, not an Abraham-story. What we read in Scripture is, “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.” Romans 4:1-3 The Message
Isn’t that a mouthful? There was nothing Abraham could do to make himself right. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own. I just love how that’s written.
I don’t know about you, but I was not raised that way. I was raised that it was all about what we did. We had to keep the big 10, not lie, cheat or steal, not disobey our parents or have bad thoughts towards others. The list of don’ts were longer than I could memorize let alone do.
I think that’s why so many give up on their walk with God, they’ve never been taught that it’s not what they do, it’s what God did for you. When you focus on His saving grace and what His blood did for us, paving the way to a personal relationship with Him, there is just no way you want to turn your back on Him. Enjoying His presence, listening to His instructions, knowing you’re a part of something so much bigger than yourself, there’s no turning back at that point. You simply press on past the pain, you press on past disappointment and discouragement by keeping your eyes on Who made you right.
Hold fast to the Word, hide it deep in your heart. His promises are for you and He is always faithful.
You ain’t right, but He is!