July 3: Believe It or Not

Read Genesis 12

“I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing . . . (A)ll the peoples on earth will be blessed through you” (vv2,3b).

When I consider God’s methods for promises fulfilled, my mind gets overwhelmed. He sent His own perfect Son to face His unbearable wrath so He could conquer the consequences of yours and my sin. This is madness.

It doesn’t make sense.

Why would all-knowing, all-powerful God subject His own sinless Son to His fury on our behalf? Why would He give us what we do not deserve?

I read the promise God gave to old man Abram and I wonder the same thing — why would He promise to make a childless old man the father of a great nation? Why would He tell him to leave all that he knew and travel to a land where his offspring would settle? This man had no offspring. And he was 75 years old!

God’s promise rang true, though. Approximately 2,000 years later, God used Abram’s offspring to bear Jesus Christ, the Savior Son of God. Through Him all people on earth, you and me included, can have blessing and real life.

It’s a crazy plan, this God-sized promise, but Abram chose to believe it. And God proved Himself faithful by giving him a son and founding the nation of Israel through this one man’s seed.

We learn a few chapters later that “God credited Abram’s faith in His promise as righteousness” (Gen 15:6). Abram’s faith in God and His way, the promise of offspring who would bring blessing for all people, made him righteous before God.

Now you and I are faced with the same choice Abram had to make. We can trust God’s promise, or we can call it crazy and deny the faith.

Jesus Christ is the fulfillment of God’s promise, and our faith in Him alone will make us righteous. He came to bring us righteousness so that we can live freely, counted as righteous because of Him. (See Rom 4:5.)


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