But to one who without works trusts him who justifies the ungodly, such faith is reckoned as righteousness.” vs. 5Romans 4:1-5
It’s been pretty well accepted by folks nowadays that works are no advantage in our relationship with God. We’ve sung “Amazing Grace” so many times, in every setting, that we’ve pretty much taken it to heart. Since God has justified the ungodly, there’s even hope for a wretch like me. The bigger question for us is the matter of faith. More and more people are reporting that they no longer even factor God into the equation, and are perfectly content living without prayer, worship, or any pretense of piety. Some of those folks are a part of our families, and it’s hard for people of faith to not worry about them. And it’s not so much that we’re worried about their eternal salvation. Like Paul, we trust that God takes care of the ungodly too, and we hang on to the hope that these too will have life beyond death. But what about now?! What do those who have no faith hang on to in times of despair and suffering? Where can they go to find a caring community who will have compassion on them in times of sickness and broken dreams? Or does it make any difference? Perhaps those who choose the path of secularism are really on the right track! It’s just hard for believers to imagine living in a time and in a place where faith has no value!
Thought for the Day: What is the value of faith for me?