Week of October 7 - Day 2

Day 2 Read: Romans 4:20-25

No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, 21 fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. 22 That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” 23 But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, 24 but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

Reflect: How did Abraham respond to God as a result of his faith (v. 20)? What is the lesson for us? What should be the focus of our faith (vv. 24-25)? How would you sum up the gospel from verses 23-25?

Consider: In spite of odds that would have attracted every unbelieving dollar in town, Abraham did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God. When we see that Abraham was strengthened in his faith, we are prone to view “wavering through unbelief” as the opposite; i.e., having weak faith instead of strong faith. But it is not that at all. Waver here is diakrino, which means to act as a judge, to pass judgement, to decide or determine. The point is that he did not allow unbelief to put him in a judgment mode where, like a trial judge or jury, he would weigh the evidence and make his decision.[1]

Respond: How can it be difficult to wait on the promises of God? How does waiting change you? How might we tangibly encourage one another to believe God and surrender to His plans this week and in the weeks ahead?

[1] Kenneth Boa and William Kruidenier, Romans, vol. 6, Holman New Testament Commentary (Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers, 2000), 136.