“And Abram believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith.” ~ Genesis 15:6
Last Sunday, I was visiting my parents, so I attended church with them. The pastor had been preaching a series on Abraham, and had covered Genesis 12, 13 & 14 over the Sundays I was there.
Imagine my surprise when today I sat down in church at home and my pastor started right up with Genesis 15.
It’s in moments like these I figure God is making a point to say, “Listen up, I’ve got something to say I really don’t want you to miss.”
And it was something really good.
The point of today’s sermon was to underscore that it wasn’t Abraham’s great faith that made him righteous. It was his faith in a great God that made him righteous.
After hearing all about Abraham’s stumbling with lies about Sarah and thinking having a child with Hagar was a good idea, it can be difficult to reconcile God promising him greatness when all he seems to do is bumble the job. But I think that’s why all of Abraham’s missteps are included, because it demonstrates loud and clear that it wasn’t about how wonderful Abraham was at all. It’s all about God.
The single biggest thing Abraham ever did is summed up in Genesis 15:6 – he believed the Lord. That is where his righteousness came from. That’s why God gave him what He promised. Not because Abraham was some sort of all-star follower, but because he believed what God said was true.
That’s all it takes. Believing God. Doesn’t that make righteousness suddenly seem more manageable?