“And he believed the LORD, and he counted it to him as righteousness.” Genesis 15:6
God regards faith so highly. To count this act of believing Him as righteousness…it emphasizes to us the importance of casting aside doubt and trusting in who our God is and what He says He will do.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). When I turned to Hebrews 11 and read this verse, I glanced down at the study notes in my Bible. The notes on this verse begin, “By defining faith as ‘assurance’ and ‘conviction,’ the author indicates that biblical faith is not a vague hope grounded in imaginary, wishful thinking. Instead, faith is a settled confidence that something in the future—something that is not yet seen but has been promised by God—will actually come to pass because God will bring it about. Thus biblical faith is not blind trust in the face of contrary evidence, not an unknowable ‘leap in the dark’; rather, biblical faith is a confident trust in the eternal God who is all-powerful, infinitely wise, eternally trustworthy.”
Our faith in God is not unfounded. It is not a false hope or just positive thinking. It is based on the Word of God which has proven true for generations of believers. This Word which will stand for all of time, never changing and never failing. Words issued from our perfect Savior, our God who is faithful and true, infinitely glorious and magnificent in splendor.
“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). Faith is crucial. Without it, we cannot draw near to this God who loves us more than we can comprehend. Without it, we cannot experience fullness of joy in His presence or His peace that passes understanding. Without faith, without believing both that God exists (and therefore that He is worthy of our praise and devotion) and that He rewards those who seek Him (because He is faithful and righteous, gracious and good), we will not know Him. And knowing Christ is worth giving up everything for. “But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith” (Philippians 3:7-9).
Righteousness based not on doing everything right, but based on believing our Lord. Let us draw near to Him today. Whatever doubts you hold in your heart, whatever fears you are struggling to let go of, determine to cast them out. Because they aren’t worth clinging to. Surrender it all to the One who holds you forever, the One who will never let you down. Jesus is the author and perfecter of your faith (Hebrews 12:2). He will help you here. Trust Him, and He will come through for you.