For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Romans 4:3 ESV
Romans 4 is a beautiful declaration by Paul of justification through faith that primarily uses Abraham to show how God counts faith in Him as righteousness. I could never fulfill the law completely as the Lord requires, but through Christ, God made a way for me to come through faith before him. I walk in the same footsteps as Abraham, trusting God at His Word and following Him through faith, even when I don’t understand where God is leading. Abraham had so many reasons to doubt, but he continued to follow God wherever He led and God’s promises came true: Through Christ, all the nations of the world have been blessed with the opportunity for a relationship with the Lord and eternal life. It can be so easy for me to get caught up in an ocean of doubts and forget that Jesus is still there to give me strength and guide me in my walk of faith.
For who is God, but the LORD? And who is a rock, except our God? – the God who equipped me with strength and made my way blameless. He made my feet like the feet of a deer and set me secure on the heights. Psalm 18:31-33 ESV
Psalm 18 rejoices in the Lord and His deliverance. David declares his dependence on God and tells of how the Lord rescued and strengthened him in many trials. David states that many of his enemies were too mighty for him, but through God’s help, he was able to prevail. Like Abraham, David put his faith in God and trusted that He would guide and protect him. Psalms like this one are an encouragement for me to look to God as my steadfast rock during challenging times instead of to myself or to others. Having faith in God means trusting Him to work things out for my good, which isn’t always the way I want or plan things to work out. God ultimately knows what is best for me and will guide me there while I only have a limited sight. Through faith, God forgives me for my unrighteousness and guides me in His way and to His truth.
Dear God, thank You for leading me to Your Truth and Gospel. Please draw me closer to you and grow my faith. Please help me surrender to Your will, even when I don’t understand. Thank You for sending Jesus so that I am able to draw near to You. In Your Holy Name, Amen.
One response to “1 Samuel 4; Romans 4; Jeremiah 42; Psalm 18”
So true! Comforting words.