Where one can rest (Romans 4)

16 That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring—not only to the adherent of the law but also to the one who shares the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all, Romans 4:16

It was so obvious to his friends, but not to him, something was wrong in his life.  The man was short with everyone and he always seemed to be staring off into space.  This man would lie awake at night, sometimes in a cold sweat.  He could not get any peace.

You ask, “What was his problem?”  He had no peace with God.  You ask, “Who was this man?”  His name was David.  In Psalm 32:1-2 we read the following:

32 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
    whose sin is covered.
Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,
    and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

David understood his sin stood in the way of being at peace with God.  David knew, without God’s peace there can be no peace in life or in the life to come.

In our reading for today Paul is proving to us that peace comes only through faith in Jesus Christ.  He gives us the example of Abraham who like David and like every person who has ever been born, began his life in sin and under the wrath of God.

For three chapters the question has been before us: “How can a person be right with God?”  Paul has put forth the answer.  A person is made right with God through the finished work of Jesus Christ, 3:22-25.

Abraham is exhibit A of this truth.  Abraham did not earn his salvation.  It was a gift from God.  Abraham believed that God would sent the remedy for his sin.  He placed all of his faith in God’s work.  He rested all of his hopes in what was to come.  By doing so he became the father (the first one) to walk by faith and not by sight.  He became the father (the first one) to wait in faith and to receive the out working of faith in life coming to his family though humanly impossible.

Question: “Are you resting in God’s work for your salvation?”  Or could it be that you have some doubts or could it be that you are trying a combination of faith and works?

Abraham placed all of his faith in God before being circumcised.  His circumcision was an outward work because he believed in God. It was his sign of belief.  His 25 years of waiting for the promise of God in a child was his outward sign of belief in God.

This is why I live every day by the commandments of God.  This is why I serve him.  These are my outward signs of belief in the God who saved me and is coming for me someday!!!  I can rest in this truth even on my worst days of failure.

David discovered this same truth.  He was blessed to know his sins were forgiven by God.  He was a son of Abraham as well.

Paul closes this chapter with verses that give us both a spiritual mattress and pillow to rest upon:

21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

I challenge you to place all of your weight on these promises.  Rest in Him!!!

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