‘What we read in Scripture is, “Abraham entered into what God was doing for him, and that was the turning point. He trusted God to set him right instead of trying to be right on his own.”’ The Message
Make a list of all the things God is doing for you at the moment.
Make a list of all the things you have asked God to do for you, but you are trying to beat him to completing them.
The Apostle Paul most likely sent this letter from Corinth.
He was writing to the Christians in Rome who were from both the Jewish and Gentile population.
Jew were Jews, and Gentiles were everyone else, by Jewish definition.
The problem was that both groups had baggage as far as their beliefs were concerned.
Those who were Jewish had spent their whole lives adhering to the Laws of Moses, which governed every aspect of their days.
The Gentiles probably had a much looser lifestyle but which could have been constrained in just as many different ways according to their following of other gods.
Paul is helping to set the record straight, as far as belief in God and Jesus was concerned.
This verse could equally apply to both groups, however.
The mention of Abraham possibly indicates that the Jewish group needed to listen more carefully.
Abraham believed God when He spoke to him without having proof.
He had faith.
The Jews believed that their adherence to the rules set them right with God.
Paul reminds them that Faith beats Law.
The first part of this verse is so important.
Abraham entered into what God was doing for him . . .
We have to be like Abraham and enter in – believe – in what God is doing for us.
We may need strength, or healing, or encouragement, and we ask in prayer for those things.
Now we enter in to a state of mind, or being, where we trust God is acting for us.
We may choose to pray further for this help, but there is nothing wrong with that – it isn’t doubt!
In prayer we let go of our anxieties and worries, which is good.
For God this is the turning point.
Abraham trusted God to set him right and his actions then reflected this.
Abraham did not try to be right on his own.
Possibly often we try and make our own path, forgetting about God.
There are occasions in the story of Abraham where he didn’t always get it right, but far more where he did, because he believed what God told him.
Have faith. Believe in God acting for you.
Then speak and act as though that action will happen.
Sometimes we may get diverted because we get bothered by the time line.
Abraham was told that he would be the father of many nations and that his children would be as numerous as the stars in the sky.
Abraham had to wait until the birth and death of Jesus for that to happen.
Hopefully you won’t have to wait as Abraham long!