Day 9

The Promise Granted through Faith

from the Romans reading plan

Romans 4:1-25, Psalm 32:1-2, Ephesians 2:4-7

We take promises on faith. We have to. But what if the promise gets broken?

It’s an age-old story. Someone hires a contractor to build their home, and somewhere in the process the builder stops working, stops showing up, and abandons the project. The hopeful homeowner is stuck with a half-finished house, which is about as useful as no house at all. The frustration is great because the homeowner hired the builder to make something very important, and the builder promised to do the work to the end. The break in trust is painful.

We’re all looking for someone or something to trust in. But we live in a day where words alone don’t seem to carry much weight. Like papers blown away by a gust of wind through an open window, so go the promises people and possessions make, assuring us that we can trust in them for what our souls desperately yearn for most.

The truth is, only God can satisfy us.

No labor of our hands nor ascent of our intellects can make the promises of God come to pass. Only God can do that, and we have to trust Him.

Faith is a gracious gift God gives to His children so that we might see His beauty and character. Just as a person might have surgery on his eyes enabling him to see light and color, so the Spirit of God gives us eyes of faith. When life gets hard, God can seem so far away. But when our trust is fastened to the reality of Jesus taking our sin and giving us His righteousness, we can rest in this busy and noisy world knowing we don’t have to go find Him. He has come to us through His son, Jesus.

God is not a flakey construction worker who stops in the middle of conforming us to Christ’s image. He always does what He says He will do. He will finish what He began.

Because our faith is a gift from God, anchored in the work of God, we can be certain of His faithfulness to us. “He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification” (Romans 4:25), and nothing can take that away.

Written by Jevon Washington

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8 thoughts on "The Promise Granted through Faith"

  1. Michael Paul says:

    Father, thank You that in the middle of our mess You do not abandon nor forsake, rather You finish what you started. You are the Author and Finisher of our Faith. We are all works in progress and we will one day be finally complete. Decisively we are, yet the end result will be marvelous to behold. Praise the beautiful name of CHRIST our King of Glory! -AMEN

  2. Chris Greenwood says:

    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

    “that the promise may rest on grace and be guaranteed to all his offspring”

    Thanks be to God that it all rests on grace! It isn’t up to any of us to earn it or deserve it. What a beautiful truth. And this truth is guaranteed to any and all who would call out to become His offspring. Amazing grace indeed.

  3. Adam says:

    Abraham relied on God and trusted God would come through with his promises. He was great and revered for his faith but it was because he trusted God would come through and relied on God that he was revered by the Jews 2000 years later. If he hadn’t trusted in God’s faithfulness, he would have just been another man. God help me to realize you are the Great Author and Promise-Keeper. My story is written by my faith in you and in your Son.

  4. DES says:

    He will finish what he began. I need that promise right now. When times are trying i need reminding that God won’t give up on me. Hod will see this through. Lord, help me to feel you close and see you at work.

  5. Nathan Selby says:

    I guess the idea of Jesus taking on my punishment, but also being raised for my justification is really hitting me. I’ve never really thought about that before. Him being raised from the dead signifies that all believers are saved from death, forever to be with God. That makes me calm, and trust in the Lord more. This was also a good reminder that God’s gift of faith and grace are His gifts to us, nothing we can earn. Really enjoy this reading today.

  6. Jason Stinnett says:

    I always wondered about the people that came before Christ died for us. How much different were their lives without grace?

  7. Aaron Milbourn says:

    God is faithful even when I am faithless and insecure. He delivers on promises 100% of the time. The fault lies in my perception and my mindset of Christ and his love for me.

    God help me realize more and more each day the love, grace, and faithfulness of your love. Help me rest and feel confidence in my walk with you. Give me moments of realization this week that I’m secure in what you’ve already done on the cross. My hope is sealed in you.

  8. Del’Shawn says:

    Faith is something I must unlock within myself. It has been given to me as a birthright but I have to stand up and decide to walk in righteousness before our Lord and Savior. Each day, I should strive for my faithfulness to match God’s. Here I will find my blessing, my calling, and my purpose.

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