Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. By faith Abraham, even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren—was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.
Hebrews 11 (excerpts)
If someone were to ask you to summarize Christianity for them, what would you say? I’m guessing most of you would answer something like this. “Christianity is the belief that the Creator God became a human being for one reason and one reason alone—to save his fallen creation (human beings) from their sin.” And that would be a fine summary. But have you ever thought about starting with something like this? “Christianity is the belief that the Creator God is faithful to the promises he makes.”
If you stop and think about it, wouldn’t you agree that Christianity consists entirely of promises made by God? Way back when Adam and Eve fell into sin, God didn’t waste much time before he made a promise to send someone who would save them, and their descendants, from their sin. And until the time when he sent this promised Savior, God would make many more specific promises about whom that Savior would be. That includes a promise he made to a man named Abraham.
God promised Abraham that through one of his descendants, all nations on earth would be blessed. And that could only mean one thing. For all nations on earth to be blessed through one of Abraham’s descendants, the promised Savior from sin would have to be one of Abraham’s descendants!
But there was a problem. Abraham and his wife didn’t have any children. So this promise to bless all nations through his family was hinging on another promise—the promise of a son. And even though he was old and his wife was barren, Abraham believed God would keep his promise. He believed that the God who created the world was able to keep any promise he made. Abraham believed God would be faithful to his promise.
That’s who your God is. He’s a faithful God. He’s a God who never breaks a promise. When he says Jesus’ death on a Roman cross paid the price he set for your sins and mine, he means it. When he says you’ve been declared “Not Guilty” of every sin you’ve ever committed, he means it. When he says you’ll get to spend the rest of eternity with him in a perfect place called heaven, he means it.
You and I live in a world where it’s sometimes hard to trust anyone. Thankfully, there is someone we can always trust—our faithful God!
Blessings on the rest of your week,