God is a God who gives us things that we don’t always deserve. Today, is Saturday, a day where we get involved in doing the projects that we have left from the week. What is God calling you to do today that you weren’t able to get to throughout the busyness of the week? Take a moment and ask God what he wants you to do today?
Some of you love rules while others of you love pushing the rules. God’s standard is perfect, and there is no way that we can even begin to imagine or think that we are good enough. We can try but it will only end up in failure at the end.
Romans 4:13–17 (The Message)
13-15 That famous promise God gave Abraham—that he and his children would possess the earth—was not given because of something Abraham did or would do. It was based on God’s decision to put everything together for him, which Abraham then entered when he believed. If those who get what God gives them only get it by doing everything they are told to do and filling out all the right forms properly signed, that eliminates personal trust completely and turns the promise into an ironclad contract! That’s not a holy promise; that’s a business deal. A contract drawn up by a hard-nosed lawyer and with plenty of fine print only makes sure that you will never be able to collect. But if there is no contract in the first place, simply a promise—and God’s promise at that—you can’t break it.
16 This is why the fulfillment of God’s promise depends entirely on trusting God and his way, and then simply embracing him and what he does. God’s promise arrives as pure gift. That’s the only way everyone can be sure to get in on it, those who keep the religious traditions and those who have never heard of them. For Abraham is father of us all. He is not our racial father—that’s reading the story backward. He is our faith father.
17-18 We call Abraham “father” not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. Isn’t that what we’ve always read in Scripture, God saying to Abraham, “I set you up as father of many peoples”? Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he woulddo. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!”
Reflection and Response
What words or images in this passage stand out to you most?
What does this passage help us understand about God?
How is Abraham the father of all?
What does the law bring us? What does Jesus bring?
Think back to a time you tried to keep “the law” and failed.
Action of the Day
Today, work to live in freedom! As you go about your day, make a note of all the different ways that you are experiencing freedom in the day. Think about the free country we live in. The freedom that God gives us.
Heavenly Father, hallowed be Your name. You are our hiding place. You protect us from trouble and surround us with songs of deliverance. We give thanks to You, Lord of lords. Your mercy endures forever. To You, who alone does great wonders; Your mercy endures forever. To You, who by wisdom made the heavens; Your mercy endures forever. O Lord, our Lord, Your majestic Name fills the earth. Lord, we thank You for hearing from heaven and blessing us. Thank You for Your loving-kindness and tender mercies towards us.