He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars –if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be. ” Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. –Genesis 15:5-6
Read the whole passage in Genesis 15:4-21
God made Adam a promise: obey and you will live, but eat the fruit and death will come. Adam chose the latter. And with every selfish action and every hurtful thought, we choose the same. Death reminds us of our choice and of our inability to remedy our broken souls. Our attempts at goodness are never good enough, never perfect or blameless enough to erase the debt we owe. God requires absolute and complete goodness. The kind of goodness or “righteousness” that only God possesses and only he can grant. Abram shows us that it is through faith, through trusting God, that goodness is granted. It is not what we do but whom we trust that makes all the difference. Trusting ourselves or our own goodness will never suffice. Admitting our weakness and trusting God to forgive and grant his goodness is our only hope.
Talk with God
Forgive my feeble attempts at goodness. Teach me to trust you more, to have faith in you and not in my own good deeds.
Live it. How will you live more Second today?
Tell it. How will you share what you have learned?
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From the book “Livesecond: 365 days to make Jesus first”