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This year I decided to read through the Bible in chronological order. Despite the fact that I have read the beginning of the Bible multiple times, I still find it fascinating! Of all that I have read so far (the beginning half of Genesis and the book of Job) Abraham's story has stood out to me most. Many books of the Bible talk about Abraham's righteousness and I want to share what I have learned about his righteousness so far.
Not too long ago, my Mom asked me, "Why was Abraham righteous?"
After contemplating it for a moment, one word came to mind. Belief (or faith, if you will.)
That further led me to remember the verse that goes, "And Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him for righteousness. And he was called the friend of God." Wow. Think about that for a moment. Abraham was righteous because he believed. It was something so simple that made him righteous and ultimately a friend of God.
The book of John has a lot to say on believing. One of my personal favorite verses from John on the subject is from John 4: "And many more believed because of His own words..."
It's a simple thing. Just believe.
But for some reason, we don't. This culture that we live in doesn't believe. In a culture of simplicity, we can't even do the simple thing of believing in Christ. Oh sure, we believe in other things, but we don't believe in Christ.
Lately, I've been asking myself the same thing. Why don't I really believe? It seems that the answer can also be found in a single word. And it too, is very simple.
The opposite of believing (or faith.) Your belief can be broken by one little seed of doubt.
As I write this, I wonder why it is that we doubt. Ultimately, I think it all comes down to the fact that we don't really, truly know God. In our innermost being, we just really don't know God. Who He is, what He is called, what He does, etc.
It's a sobering fact. Why don't we know God?
Probably for several reasons, such as not spending time with Him, meditating on His word and the "riches of His goodness..." or talking to Him in prayer.
This year, my number one goal is to pursue Jesus. To know Him more.
I was given a devotional titled Simple Pursuit. I think the title sums up this goal very well. I want to simply pursue Jesus above all else! Living without Jesus is hard... I've been there and I don't want to be there anymore.
So, my question for you today is this: do you believe? Take time to really ponder this question and consider making your main goal in life to pursue Jesus. Let me also add that it is a goal that will never end. Even after we leave this earth, John 17:3 says, "And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only True God and Jesus Christ Whom You have sent."
Let us join together in pursuing Christ for the rest of our lives!
I'm Holly, a creative gal who thrives on adventures, triumphant music, chocolate, inspiring quotes and a good story. I gave my life to the ultimate Storyteller when I was four and have never ceased to enjoy each chapter of life with my amazing family of 9.
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