Our scripture this morning is Romans 4:20-25.
“No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.”
Paul writes about Abraham, saying “his faith was counted to him as righteousness”, because he believed God’s promise and obeyed. Paul teaches that those who hear God’s call and live accordingly are deemed righteous, not because of any rule set or human judgement. Abraham was faithful and listened to God.
We often think we are “good” because we don’t cause problems and don’t break the rules. However, are we listening for God’s voice in our lives? God wants more for us and from us than to simply “go with the flow” in the world.
Prayer is the way we communicate with God and He wants to hear from us all the time. We must also listen for His response and apply it in our lives. Abraham was called righteous because he listened and did God’s word. May we do the same, hearing and obeying always.
Gracious God, we are often distracted by the noise and chaos we create in our world. Help us to listen calmly, and then go into all the earth to share Your love. Amen.