Abraham didn’t have the scriptures or the long established tradition of the Judeo-Christian world. Abraham heard directly from God himself. This is why he never wavered in believing in God’s promises and power. To Abraham, God wasn’t just a good idea or a set of principles that might benefit him should he earnestly apply them to his life. To Abraham, God was truly a living being, with which he had a personal relationship. Now, I have said before that only God can call you to him, and I say it again. The scriptures themselves were recorded not to persuade anyone directly, but rather, to be a source of encouragement and reference for when people hear the call of God. Paul is pointing out that scripture is not so much an argument for why you should believe in God, as instruction on what to do when you have heard from God in person and need to know what to do about it.
Romans 4:20-25 NLT
Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.
My goal today is to focus on this really important point: the bible is a record of the experiences of the people of God. It is Gods word for the instruction, warning and encouragement of those who believe in God though his son, Jesus Christ. I will remember today, that God himself called me to him and that is why I believe in him. Therefore, I will continue to trust that he will do the things he has promised. I will remember that my faith is not based on hearsay or secondhand evidence, it is based on the truth of God, which he has written personally, on my own heart.
1 Chronicles 26:12-27:34, Romans 4:13-5:5, Psalm 14:1-7, Proverbs 19:17