When my father, Ewalt W. Bartel, became a follower of Jesus he exhibited the kind of faith God honors! He was the kind of Christian that embraced the idea, “If God said it – or promised it – that settled it! He believed it and acted upon it!” As a result my dad had strong faith, deep commitment and a fruitful, satisfying, miracle-filled Christian life! His faith (and obedience to God) still inspires and challenges me today!
Abraham, in the Bible, was that kind of person! (And incidentally, so was his wife Sarah!) Here’s what the Bible says in Romans about their faith…
When God promised Abraham that he would be “the father of many nations” (Genesis 17:5)… “In the presence of the God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told… He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old, or the barrenness of Sarah’s womb. No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God! But he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what He had promised! THAT IS WHY “HIS FAITH WAS COUNTED TO HIM AS RIGHTEOUSNESS!” (cp. Genesis 15:6) But the words “It was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also! And it will be counted to US WHO BELIEVE IN HIM WHO RAISED FROM THE DEAD, JESUS OUR LORD, who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification!” (From Romans 4:16-25)
In other words that how we, who are sinners, become righteous – that’s how we ‘get right with God’ – that’s how we please the Lord… faith that believes – faith that acts on God word – God’s provision – God’s promises!
Oh, I’ve got to tell you… I want to exhibit the kind of faith my dad, Ewalt, had… and the kind Abraham had! I know it pleases God! I know it leads to a life of adventure and miracles! It’s the best way – the ONLY way – to become an authentically righteous person (check out Hebrews 11:6)!