Genesis 15:6 (ESV): And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
Abram was a man that God called from a pagan land and promised to make his descendants great, He promised a land to him, and much more if he obeyed His Word.
From that moment on Abram believed God and followed wherever God told him to go and do. He was a man of faith. He defeated enemies much greater than him, prospered and did finally have a descendent that would eventually lead to the Savior. God eventually changed his name to Abraham.
But Abraham wasn’t perfect. Just like Noah he had flaws. He lied that his wife was his sister. He also followed his wife’s command to have a child with her servant when they feared that God would not come through with His promise.
So why is Abraham commended with having such great faith and why is he called righteous because of that faith?
I recently heard Pastor Tim say that the men and women in the "Hall of Faith" in Hebrews had a trajectory of holiness despite their flaws. This is why Abraham is commended here. Not because he was perfect, but because the trajectory of his life was belief in God. He believed in God and His promises even when they seemed unlikely. Though he and his wife were old he believed God would give him a son from Sarah. And God did! He also believed God enough that he was willing to lose his son and believed God would still fulfill his promise to him.
For Parents: How do you describe and display faith to your children?
For Children: When your children doubt, how do you point them to faith in God?
Memorize: Genesis 15:6 (ESV): And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.
Pray: Pray God would grow your faith and the faith of each member of your family
Activity: Play and sing this song with your young children. Ask each member of your family about a promise from God in the Word that they struggle to believe. Then someone share a Scripture that will help them fight for faith in God.
If you or they do not know promises from the Word, take some time this week to research them and talk about them with your children.
A Family Devotion Guide similar to this one will be provided on our website under Fellowship Church Resources and social media every Friday for you to use at home. Then, visit our Facebook page, Friday night's at 6:00pm, to hear Pastor Armando Yzaguirre Jr. chat about this devotional.