READ : Romans 4
Abraham . . . is the father of us all. (v. 16)
No one quite picked up the theme of righteousness in the Bible like the Apostle Paul. The concept is sprinkled throughout his letters, but his magnum opus on the subject is the Book of Romans. In chapter 4 Paul explores in detail what it means that Abraham’s faith was counted to him as righteousness.
Paul clearly states that Abraham was not saved by works (v. 2), or by circumcision (v. 9), or by the law (v. 13), but by faith. The promises of God come by faith, and Abraham’s trust in God’s promises—in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary—made Abraham the father of us all.
Perhaps you are like my wife, who loves to watch dog training shows on television. She enjoys seeing how unruly pets are brought back into line. In almost every case the problem boils down to the dog thinking it is the master. The dog trainer always says, “I rehabilitate dogs and train people.” His job is to restore the correct relationship between the master and the pet.
Trusting God is how our relationship with God is restored. Trusting God means we aren’t behaving like a wayward pet that tries to put itself into the master’s position. Our master is not weak, but he has given us the freedom to roam. Will we run away on our own or stay true? This is why Paul says in verse 16, it depends on faith.
Grant us your righteousness, O Lord.