Romans 4:3 What does Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Notice that this verse says, “Abraham believed God” not “Abraham believed in God”. There is a big difference in the two statements. It’s not enough to just believe in God. According to James 2:18, even the demons believe in God and they tremble because of Him. So what does it mean that Abraham believed God?
This quote is referencing Genesis 15 where God tells Abraham that he will have a son and his descendants will be more numerous than the stars in heaven. And it says, “Abraham believed the Lord.” God spoke and Abraham believed Him. God promised and Abraham took him up on that promise. Abraham took God’s word to the bank and trusted Him. Abraham believed God.
I don’t know if God has spoken to you lately. Maybe you don’t know if you have ever heard His voice. But we have a book that is filled from cover to cover with God speaking to us. The Bible is the Word of God to us. Every promise is for us. Every warning is for us. Every blessing is for us. The question is, are you going to believe God?
Right away, most of us would whole heartedly affirm that we will believe God. But is that reflected in our daily lives. When I worry about how I am going to pay my bills, am I believing God? When I give up because I am too old, too weak, or too tired of waiting, am I believing God? When I need the affirmation of everyone around me, am I believing God. When I feel alone, am I believing God? When sin and self become my focus, am I believing God?
Every day I am faced with the choice to believe God. That is why it is so important to be in His Word daily. I have to fill my mind, my thoughts, with His promises, His warnings, His blessings, so that I can choose to believe them instead of the lies that I am fed throughout the day. Who are you going to believe today? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”