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When you believe what God has promised to God’s faithful, and you believe without any cause to do so, you have righteous faith as Abram did. Some Christians ask for proof. They search for holy grails, lost arks, hidden tombs. They desire relics, mysterious shrouds, and tangible evidence of miracles. All this at the urging of the world. Abram had no children and a barren wife. He had no reason to believe what God promised to him other than God telling him so. It was not the plausibility of the promise but the strength of the one who gave it. If God were to tell you that tomorrow the world would be upside down, despite the scientific challenges, would you believe because it was God who told you? How about God promising that God would always be with you, never forsake you? Or what about Jesus promising that despite all the trouble one undertakes in being a disciple, that the reward for faith is greater than we can possibly imagine? Which is hardest to believe? Which one is the hardest to live?
To believe in spite of the world, despite the critics, despite our own concerns is righteousness. There is no greater praise of God than to believe his word without question, even when there is cause. To say to God before all the world, “I do not need proof. I desire no evidence of likelihood. I hear and I believe,” is our testimony to God’s omnipotence. Righteous faith rebels against the demands of scientific proof, historical evidence, and rationalness when they question the validity of God and God’s promises. Yet righteous faith does not stand in need of vindication. It is pleased to simply stand in the presence of God.
God of Promise and Deliverance,
Your word is the ground upon which your faithful stand.
There is no greater source of strength.
While the world looks on with a critical eye,
May we have the faith which Abram had.
May we hear and believe,
Simply because it is you, O Lord, who speaks.
We desire to be righteous before you.
We want to possess righteous faith.
Help us to turn aside from the impulse to question you.
Instead, may we live as people of the promise.
Strengthened by the hope we have in Jesus Christ.
All else is sinking sand.
Glory to you and your holy word!