“1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, “Do not be afraid, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2 But Abram said, “O Lord GOD, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “You have given me no offspring, and so a slave born in my house is to be my heir.” 4 But the word of the LORD came to him, “This man shall not be your heir; no one but your very own issue shall be your heir.” 5 He brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6 And he believed the LORD; and the LORD reckoned it to him as righteousness.” NRSV
Abram was an old man. Sarai, his wife, was beyond her child-bearing years. Under these circumstances, God’s promise to make Abram’s heirs as many as the stars in the heavens, if made by anyone other than God, would have been considered the ravings a madman. But it was God who made the promise to Abram and we are told that Abram “believed the LORD.” And through his unwavering belief in God and God’s promises, it was “reckoned to him as righteousness,” or that Abram was set right with God.
Faith in God, as modeled for us in Jesus of Nazareth, is our way “to be set right” with God. Have you given any thought to what more God might be asking you/us to do to be set right with God? I find that a very good thing to pray about each day.
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