Today’s devotion is based on Romans 4:10,11. Paul is answering an age-old question that is still asked today. Was Abraham accepted before God because of his deeds, in this case, circumcision or his faith? “When did this take place? Was it before or after Abraham was circumcised? It was before, not after. He was circumcised later, and his circumcision was a sign to show that because of his faith, God had accepted him as righteous before he had been circumcised. And so Abraham is the spiritual father of all who believe in God and are accepted as righteous by him, even though they are not circumcised.”
Paul is telling them that without faith, Abraham would never have been circumcised, and therefore it was his faith, not his actions, that justified him. This answer applies to all who believe in Jesus as their Savior. It is through your faith, the faith that God gives you, that God accepts you as righteous, even before you do righteous acts.
Please pray with me the prayer for today: Heavenly Father, creator, and sustainer of all things, thank you, Lord, that through the faith that you have given me, my sins are not counted against me. Strengthen my faith, so that I never stray from your love and forgiveness. Thank you, Lord Jesus. Amen.