And the scripture was fulfilled that says, “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness,” and he was called God’s friend.
— James 2:23 (NIV)
Believing God is very important. I am not talking about simply believing that God exists but believing everything He says and being obedient to what He asks you to do. Abraham was even obedient when God asked him to sacrifice his son (see Genesis 22:2). Later, the Bible refers to him as God’s friend. In addition, the writer of Hebrews understood that believing is the key to entering the type of rest God offers us (see Hebrews 4:2–3, 9).
Jesus went to visit Mary and Martha because their brother, Lazarus, had died (see John 11:1–44). He had already been dead and in his tomb for four days, but Jesus commanded them to roll away the stone anyway. Martha expressed her unbelief by saying it was too late to do anything, and Jesus told her if she would only believe she would see the glory of God (see John 11:40).
God asks us to believe, and as we do, we will see His glory, enter His rest, and be called His friend. Abraham’s belief was credited to him as righteousness, and our belief in Jesus makes us the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21 NKJV).
Prayer Starter: Father, thank You for calling me Your friend. Help me to move beyond simply believing in You, to believing everything You say and do. In Jesus’ name, amen.