July 23, 2014

romans4-16

Numbers 16:36-50; Romans 4:13-25; Matthew 20:1-16

Abraham hoped when there should have been no hope at all. He was so old that he was considered “as good as dead,” yet was promised a child through his elderly, barren wife. What centenarian would hold out hope for such a promise to come true? Abraham did when all evidence was contrary, and his hope was counted as righteousness.

The promise to Abraham was much more than a child in old age. He was promised many nations as progeny. Who could believe such a thing? What Jew would want to believe, since it was tantamount to promising him Gentiles as offspring? Yet that is precisely the outcome of the promise. That aged man through the passing of the ages has become sire to the nations. Those of any nationality who come to faith even millennia later, are children of Abraham through the same promise (Gal 3:15-29).

If we believe Jesus Christ died for our trespasses and was raised from the dead for our justification, it will be counted to us as righteousness also. Do you hope in the promise that you are righteous before God—all evidence withstanding?

Prayer: God of Abraham, give me faith in your promise through Jesus Christ my Lord. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Mark Ryman,
Pastor of Saint John’s Lutheran Church in Asheboro, NC.

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