Sermonette for Saturday

For what saith the Scripture? Abraham believed God and it was counted unto him for righteousness. Romans 4:3

Not so many years ago, explorers found Japanese soldiers hiding in the jungles of a remote south Pacific island. The soldiers were defending some old pieces of military equipment. With difficulty, the explorers convinced them that the second World War was over, and they could go home. Although the war had ended several decades earlier, these soldiers had ignored or rejected messages telling them so, fearing it was Allied propaganda designed to lead to their capture. Because they did not believe the reports, they continued living in hiding, living in isolation and deprivation, living without the benefits and comforts of civilization. All because they didn’t believe. The unsaved all around us are missing out on Salvation because they won’t believe. And many Christians are missing out on blessings because we won’t believe.

Do we believe God’s statement – In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths Proverbs 3:6 – that He will preserve and guide you in our life? If we really believe that, why do we make so many foolish mistakes? Do we really believe God’s statement – My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 – that he will take care of everything? If we really believe that, why do we grasp and hoard, and worry about tomorrow’s table?

But there is an even bigger reason for us to believe God: righteousness. If Abraham had not believed God, he would have missed out on many blessings. But he would also have missed out on righteousness. Abraham was not righteous because he abandoned Ur and trekked to Canaan, nor because he offered up Isaac and because he shunned Sodom. No, He did those things because he was righteous. His belief in God had made him righteous, and his righteousness made him obey God. Our righteousness should lead us to do the same.

It was our belief in God that made us righteous. It is our continuing to believe in God that displays our righteousness. -Jim MacIntosh

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