READ : Genesis 15:1-6
Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (v. 6, niv)
We tend to think of Abraham as the perfect servant of God. Actually, he was far from it. His faith in God wavered just like ours does. While in Egypt Abraham showed a lack of faith when he lied about his wife Sarah by saying that she was his sister. Now we read that because God had not yet given Abraham his promised son, Abraham made an agreement with his servant Eliezer to be his heir. Obviously, Abraham wasn’t so sure about God’s ability to keep his promise.
But God continues to reassure Abraham. He takes Abraham outside and shows him all the stars in the heavens. There were so many that Abraham couldn’t count them all. “So shall your offspring be,” said the Lord. And then, says the biblical writer, in one of the most important statements in the whole Bible, “Abraham believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness.”
What is truly impressive in these verses is God’s compassion. Despite Abraham’s doubts and disobedience, God keeps appearing to Abraham and encouraging him. Abraham believes the promise of God, and the result is true faith on Abraham’s part. Not perfect faith but true faith, faith that justifies and saves the believer.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the faith that makes us righteous in your sight. Amen.