Google+ 07/30/13 Faith That Can Move Mountains!

Romans 4:12-14

 

And Abraham is also the spiritual father of those who have been circumcised,

But only if they have the same kind of faith Abraham had before he was circumcised.

Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants

Was based not on his obedience to God’s law,

But on a right relationship with God that comes by faith. 

 If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless.

 

Today, Paul talks about obedience to the law and faith.  There is a huge difference, which we sometimes miss.  In the Old Testament, all the Jews were called to obey God's law through Moses and the prophets.  Abraham was one of those that learned to obey the law.  It was Abraham's faith in God that found him favor and earned him the name "Father of All!"  It will not come as a surprise to any Christian that God does not reveal everything to us during our earthly life.  He did not reveal everything through His Son Jesus Christ.  One of the major things that remains a secret to all of us is the date and time of Christ's second coming.  This has confounded and confused people for over 2000 years.  What amazes me even more is that many of us continue to try and determine the time of Christ's return.  The Bible clearly says we won't know.  Isn't that enough?  This would be the time to quote Jesus and say to all of us, "O Ye of little faith!"  Remember Abraham's trip to Mount Moriah?  God did not provide the sacrifice for Abraham until his deep faith was proven to God.  We need to realize that every day we are in the same situation.  God promises to provide our daily bread.  Jesus demonstrated how to pray for that daily bread.  Christ also demonstrated His faith in God.  When it came time for Jesus to die, He trusted God to the very end.  Jesus's faith is what allows us to now proclaim, "Death, where is your sting?"  If we find ourselves trying to determine Godly outcomes that have not yet been revealed, and being frustrated with the same, we need to check our "faith meter."  Do we really lay all our burdens, hopes, desires, and trust at the foot of the cross?  Do we then back away and let God be God?  If we don't, we will have a Mount Moriah experience without a happy ending.  That is what Paul tells the Romans.  Believing in the law is simply not enough.  God's promise is not just for those that obey the law.  We will never know the power and unending omnipotence of God until we exhibit "Faith That Can Move Mountains!"