After these things the word of the LORD came unto Abraham in a vision saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield and exceeding great reward. Verse 1
And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. Verses 5-6
The LORD made a truly incredible promise to Abram (Abraham), which was not to be fulfilled during his lifetime. The descendants of Abram would go on to father new nations and peoples over the earth, commencing with his sons Ishmael and Issac. Notice how the LORD counted Abram’s belief in him (i.e. actions) as righteousness. This is not the same kind of “belief” that most christians claim to have today. No, the type of belief Abram had was much, much more. I do not have the space here today to delve into all his stories, but would encourage you to read these for yourself in the book of Genesis . Abram’s belief, the true belief in God, always involved some action on his part. Unlike far too many christians today, he did not say in his heart, “Yes, LORD, I know you are God , and in you I trust” – although this is very, very important. True belief in God must be much more. Notice the words of the Apostle John “By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.” 1 John 5:2-3. Also in James 1:22-23 “But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, he is like unto a man beholding is natural face in a glass.” And finally the words of Jesus, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” John 14:15. Scripture is filled with examples of and reference to the true belief in God. What kind of “belief” do you have?