Week of October 7 - Day 1

Scripture to Memorize: Romans 4:16

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

Day 1 Read: Romans 4:16-19

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, 17 as it is written, “I have made you the father of many nations”—in the presence of the God in whom he believed, who gives life to the dead and calls into existence the things that do not exist. 18 In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah's womb.

Reflect: What had God promised Abraham? Why did there appear to be no hope that the promise would be fulfilled? What did Abraham do anyway?

Consider: Verse 16 opens with a “therefore,” which probably points forward to “so that it may be by grace” rather than backward, providing the reason the promise could not come by law. The promise depends upon faith so that it may be a “matter of sheer grace”. Faith is the response that makes the promise effective in a specific case. It is not, however, a meritorious act. Faith is helplessness reaching out in total dependence upon God. The promise remains an act of grace. God’s promises flow from his nature as one who desires the very best for those he created. “Taste and see that the Lord is good” (Ps 34:8).[1]

Respond: How have you experienced the wonderful power of God operating in your life to make possible what appears impossible? How do these experiences remind you that God is a God of grace? How do they bolster your faith?


[1] Robert H. Mounce, Romans, vol. 27, The New American Commentary (Nashville: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 1995), 127.