There are some passages in the Bible which make a specific point abundantly clear. Many people memorise John ch.3 v.16 as it sums up the purpose of Jesus’ mission succinctly. Others will look to Matthew ch.16 v.16 as a key point in Jesus’ ministry, when Peter acknowledges who He is – Jesus’ response is also interesting.
I will focus on another pivotal point in humanity’s encounters with the Divine – but I am going to focus on a New Testament interpretation of an Old Testament event. Romans ch.4 v.3 tells us that Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness. The passage refers to Genesis ch.15 where God makes a solemn, legal, binding commitment to Abraham. There is no outward evidence that God is capable of fulfilling His promise. Abraham recognises the reality of his situation.
However, Abraham recognises that if you believe that God is able to call a whole universe out of nothing, and bring life into a dead world; then keeping His promise to Abraham is childishly simple. He therefore accepts God’s promise at face value and finds himself entering a quality of relationship with his Creator based, not on anything great that he could do, but based on the greatness and power of the One who is able to call that which is not as if it already exists, the One who can restore the dead to life and bring about His will in a universe crying out for his order to be made known Rom ch.4 v.17.
We find ourselves in the same position. We see ourselves as poor, wretched, limited by our own vain self-interest – that is our reality. But God sees something more – yes, our state is real; but the reality He calls us to is shaped by His word to glorify Him. The question to us is therefore, do we, in spite of our current state, accept God’s perspective on our own reality and act on His promise to us?