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George Orwell

Righteousness 2

Abraham believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. Genesis 16:6

Abraham was a great man of God and a man of faith. But he was also human and weak. We read in Genesis of Abraham fearing for his life, lapsing back into his faithless scheming.

But I love the New Testament commentary on the story of Abraham and Sarah. Three times - in Romans, Galatians and James, the statement from Genesis “Abraham believed the LORD, and the LORD counted him as righteous because of his faith” is quoted.

One might fairly say that the New Testament writers put quite a positive spin on the story because Abraham struggled to believe God, tried to take matters in his own hand, panicked and spun stories. But the writers of the New Testament, reflecting the heart of God, overlook the human failures and present them as heroes of faith. It is a reminder that God is always looking for the best in us and is always ready to forgive us.

Believing God means being ready to accept what God promises. And as Andy Bathgate wrote it is a reminder to “glorify the kindness of God in using people like us to fulfil his promise”.

Try to be positive today whatever is happening to believe what God has promised in the Bible.

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