For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Romans 4:3 ESV
In Romans Chapter 4, Paul uses Abraham repeatedly as an example of someone whose faith in God lead to fulfilled promises and a long-lasting legacy. Abraham’s faith was not without faulters or missteps, but he sought wholeheartedly to obey God and trust His promises. This faith would be counted to him as righteousness.
In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. Romans 4:18-19 ESV
Abraham was faced with seemingly impossible promises. God said that Abraham’s children would be numbered like the stars in the sky before any of his them had even been born. Such a declaration would quickly be deemed impossible by my limited human observation of the situation, but God is not confined to what we see on the surface. While Abraham did not understand how God was going to bring this plan about, he trusted that he would, despite the seemingly impossible nature of this promise.
No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. Romans 20-21 ESV
While Abraham may have only started with a small faith, it grew more and more as time went one. God fulfilled His promises to Abraham. He had a son, a family line, and a legacy. He not only had a physical legacy through his children and his children’s children, but he also left an exemplary model of faith.
That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the death Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification. Romans 22-25 ESV
Abraham’s faith still serves as am example to me, thousands of years later. Although I might not understand how everything is going to work out, I can trust God to care for me. Just like Abraham, my faith can be counted to me as righteousness before God.
Dear God, Thank You so much for sending Jesus to cover my sins. Please strengthen my faith in You and Your promises. Thank You for the examples of faith in the Bible that show me how to follow you. In Your Holy Name, Amen.