“For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith.” vs. 13
Paul’s words must have come as a jolt to those folks who believed that obedience to the law was their guarantee of salvation. Some of them had undoubtedly spent a lifetime laboring to follow every prescription and commandment that had come down to them. And now he was telling them that all those good works really weren’t the key to being in a solid relationship with God. All that was necessary was faith…and then the righteousness of God would be theirs. It was hard to believe for Paul’s hearers, and it’s hard for us too. Often our response is, “You mean, all I have to do is believe?” As if that was an easy thing to do! Faith is funny that way. It sounds so simple, as though it’s something we can conjure up at a moment’s notice. But in reality it’s not! In fact, faith isn’t something we can do at all. It’s not a work! Faith comes to us as God’s greatest gift of grace. We’re not sure how we got it or why we have it, we just do. We trust that God loves us even when we’re unlovable and in spite of our unworthiness. Why do some people have it while others don’t? It’s hard to say…trust is mysterious…a precious gift and a huge blessing!
Thought for the Day: If I don’t have faith, what should I do?