February 23, 2018

Romans 4:18-25 … “Therefore his faith ‘was reckoned to him as righteousness.’” vs. 22

According to Genesis, Abram’s introduction to the Lord was coupled with a request that his walk with the Lord be blameless. It’s hard to understand how Abram could possibly pull that off—even if his name did get changed to Abraham. From the stories about him that follow, it’s obvious that he didn’t do what the Lord required. He was pretty much a sinner just like the rest of us. But still it all worked out! Because, as Paul reminds us, his faith was reckoned to him as righteousness. Abram trusted in the Lord’s promise and that was good enough for the Lord. Paul uses that story to assure his readers, and us, that trust is the key to our relationship with God. None of us are blameless! We all fall short of God’s expectations no matter how hard we try. But when we cling to God’s promise of grace, our faith is honored, not because it’s some sort of good deed, but because it attaches us to God’s love. God’s face is always shining on us. God’s steadfast love is eternal and unconditional. Our act of faith is like a power cord that connects us to that love. Without faith we’re on our own. With faith we are plugged into grace and grace’s energy flows in and transforms our very being—and this is the amazing part: our walk with the Lord becomes blameless—even as we remain sinners!

Thought for the Day: Where does faith come from?