“He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”
The author of the book of Hebrews says that without faith it is impossible to please God. Faith actually describes what happens to us by grace. God’s grace impacts us powerfully, suddenly we are aware of the reality of God. Before, we only had an idea about God; then faith came and made Him alive and precious to us. This is actually describing the creating of a worshipper. Real worship is the spontaneous response to our awareness of God. True worship is not contrived. It is the only way to respond when He steps onto the scene. Martin Luther preached about faith. In a sense, the message of salvation by faith was rediscovered by Luther in the 1500’s. Listen to his thoughts about the power of faith.
“Faith makes God real to us and real in us. Without faith, God’s honor, glory, wisdom, righteousness, truth, and mercy cannot be in us. Where there is no faith, God has no majesty and divinity. God doesn’t require anything more from us than to acknowledge his divinity and give him the glory and honor he deserves. We should think of him, not as an idol, but as God—the God who accepts us and hears us, who is merciful to us, and who stands by us. When we honor God, his divinity remains complete and intact—he has everything that a believing heart can give him. When we honor God in this way, we are showing the greatest wisdom, the highest justice, and the best worship, while offering the most pleasing sacrifice.”
Abraham is considered the Father of the message of faith. Against all odds Abraham believed that God’s promises would come true. Do you have obstacles standing in your way today? I know Abraham did, and certainly Martin Luther had obstacles in the form of powerful enemies. How did these men of God overcome their obstacles? Of course, it was by faith. Where did their faith come from? The Lord came to both of them speaking to them from His word. Have you read the Bible today? As you spend time searching and reflecting on the word of God, don’t be surprised when He steps onto the scene. How will you know? Suddenly those giants will look like grasshoppers. The mountains will be like mole hills. You will not even be thinking about those former problems, you will be to busy caught up in the worship of our great God.