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It’s Unconditional

Definite “absolutes” are becoming rare in our society. Our moral foundations, which seemed so secure for thousands of years, are now doubted and questioned, and this results in insecurity for many.

Abraham’s faith shows us a balance we can claim today. God’s promise to him was a linage that would become as numerous as the grains of sand and that through him all mankind would be blessed. “Abraham put his faith in God, and that faith was counted to him as righteousness” (Romans 4:3, NEB). It seemed that promise would never be fulfilled since his wife was unable to conceive. But Abraham still believed God’s promise.

The Bible says that “the knowledge of the truth” will lead us ”to godliness—faith and knowledge resting on the hope of eternal life, which God, who does not lie, promised before the beginning of time” (Titus 1:2). God cannot lie.

Abraham’s faith was really tested. Great faith often only comes through great trials. His faith grew strong as he trusted, obeyed, and gave glory to God. The Word says that “Abraham put his faith in God, and that faith was counted to him as righteousness” (Romans 4:2, NEB). He had a definite promise…and he trusted. In time God’s promise regarding Abraham’s linage was fulfilled.

God’s “unconditional” promises are for us today. As we trust, obey, and give Him glory, His arm is extended with divine grace and mercy to us as well. Abraham’s life is an example to give us hope and encouragement when God gives us a “word” and nothing makes it seem as if that “word” can be fulfilled! God then credits our faith as righteousness.

God’s “absolutes” never change even when men around us say they no longer exist. These standards were established long ago. They are unchangeable, unconditional, and perfect, meaning nothing more can be added or subtracted; it’s finished. We have a God that never changes.
Consider this in Isaiah 33:5-6:

“The Lord is exalted, for he dwells on high
He will be the sure foundation for your times
A rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge
The fear of the Lord is the key to this treasure.”

As Abraham did, let us also desire to hold on with tenacity, being settled
in God’s promises. His sure foundation offers us the wisdom and under- standing that is desperately needed in our insecure world. What a great promise we have that His dependable Word never changes!

Lord, help our unbelief in times of trials and remind us again of Abraham’s example.

Florence Simmons writes to glorify God and to help believers know Christ. Contact her,