“Trusting God is righteousness, according to God’s definition.”
Chapter 15, Page 149 –
The task given to Abraham was not Abraham’s idea. This was God’s idea. Abraham was called to his task, but God assigned the task to Abraham. What was this great and wonderful task? Look at Genesis 12:2 – “And I will make you a great nation.” Abraham was to raise up a family. I’m watching the disappointed, questioning look in your eyes. Everybody has a family! So, why was that such a big deal? But this was not to be just any family.
Look at Genesis 18:19. I know, I’ve stopped telling you to turn to this or that Scripture, but this one is important. Turn to Genesis 18:19 and read with me: “For I have chosen him [Abraham], in order that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, in order that the Lord may bring upon Abraham what He has spoken about him.”
Abraham’s task was to raise up a family that was just like himself. These family members were to trust God in the same way that Abraham trusted God. Did you see that part about “doing righteousness and justice?” (I’m hoping that you remember what “righteousness and justice” are from our earlier conversations about the Covenant Grace-Faith Relationship. Do you? If not, go back and review Chapters 4, 5, and 6, especially Chapter 6 where we discussed the two value sets of the heart in terms of Micah 6:8.) What is God’s definition of righteousness, specifically from Genesis 15:6 in my first point? Trusting God is righteousness, according to God’s definition. And Abraham was to raise up a family that did the same thing that he did – trusted God.