Re:Verse reading–Romans 4:1-25 (day seven)
“Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.”–v 3 (quoting Genesis 15:6)
They will check it when you want to buy a car or a house. Your credit score. How have you managed your financial life in the past? Paid your bills on time? Are you a good risk?
In arguably the MOST IMPORTANT VERSE IN THE BIBLE, God uses a similar idea. A financial word. From the world of accounting. The Hebrew word is chasab–“to count, compute, or reckon.” Like a teacher who gives you “extra credit” for another project, God counts faith as righteousness.
He is not pretending. Not cooking the books. Faith really is the essential core of being right with God. It is the source and seed of all other virtues. Let God be God. Believe Him. Trust what He says. Do what He commands.
Nothing will substitute. Not religion. Not perfect performance. How IS your credit?