It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith. For if those who depend on the law are heirs, faith means nothing and the promise is worthless, because the law brings wrath. And where there is no law there is no transgression. Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring — not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed — the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. (Romans 4:13-17)
“Father Abraham had many sons.” These are the lyrics of a popular children’s song. The lyrics continue, “I am one of them, and so are you,” then “let’s all praise the Lord” (by shouting the names of our limbs). I grew familiar with the song at church, and it carries an important truth.
We praise the Lord because He followed through on His word to Abraham.
In the Book of Genesis, God asked Abraham to go to a new land where He would bless him, make his lineage into a great nation and bless all the peoples of the earth through it (Genesis 12:1-3).
Abraham moved by faith, without knowing when God would execute His plan. He didn’t see the promise fulfilled in his lifetime. But he chose to worship and follow God even when the circumstances didn’t seem like blessings. God ultimately made good on His promise to bless all the peoples of the earth by sending Jesus, born from Abraham’s family, to bear our sin and save all people who have faith in Him.
And He made another promise: When Christ comes back, sin will be eradicated and all things will be made new. Like Abraham, we are in a waiting time.
We don’t know when God will carry out His new promise. But in this season of Advent, we can persist knowing we will enter our glorious home with God because Jesus was righteous for us. We will live forever with God in His family, as sons and daughters in the faith Abraham had. That is our hope. It is a reason to praise the Lord.
Pray and Reflect
As you go to God in prayer, worship Him and thank Him through words or song for bringing about His promises. Ask Him to strengthen your faith as you wait for the restoration of this world. (written by Rachel Streich)