Back in November, we had a bull calf born on our property. We longed to pet him. His mother was friendly and allowed us to pet her, but her baby was skittish and would never let us get close; he had not grown to trust us like his mother. The cattleman began touching him as he fed them, and he is gradually losing his fear of humans. Yesterday was the first time he stood and let Richard touch him; he even tried to chew on his hand. I didn’t want to scare him off, so I stayed in the car, watching and admiring his newly formed faith in humans. As I thought about it, I could imagine how thrilled God must be when a child of the world begins coming in closer and starts to trust him. When, after months or even years of trying to draw them in, they commit to fully trusting him with their life and accept Jesus as their savior. No wonder there is rejoicing in Heaven over a new convert; God is thrilled over their faith in him, just like we were thrilled that the calf now allows us to pet him.
This portion of scripture is referring to Abraham:
No unbelief made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised. That is why his faith was “counted to him as righteousness.” But the words “it was counted to him” were not written for his sake alone, but for ours also. It will be counted to us who believe in him who raised from the dead Jesus our Lord, Romans:4:20-24