Counting on God

William C. Brownson

READ : Romans 4:16-22

How did the patriarch Abraham become such a man of faith? Someone says, “God gave him faith.” Yes, but how? The Lord called him, we remember, to go to a faraway land, and then made him a promise: “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great” (Gen. 12:2).

Abram believed that word, and he went. Later, when he was very old, God promised him a son and numberless descendants. And we read that Abram “believed the Lord” (Gen. 15:6). That is, he trusted God’s promises.

The apostle Paul says this about Abraham’s faith: “No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith, as he gave glory to God, being fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised” (Rom. 4:21).

There’s a sense in which we are to believe everything God has revealed. But faith builds especially on his promise. When we trust God to be faithful, we are expressing confidence that he will keep his word. That’s how we grow “strong in faith.” We listen to God’s word of promise and count on it.


O God, help us glorify you by trusting you to be faithful. Amen.