Counted as righteous

Today’s Readings: 1 Chronicles 24:1-26:11, Romans 4:1-12, Psalm 13:1-6, Proverbs 19:15-16

In Romans 4, Paul continues to talk about faith as the basis of our connection to God and our only path to righteousness.

But people are counted as righteous, not because of their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.

Last month I emphasized faith and obedience in my writing. It seems that Paul is placing a higher emphasis here on faith than obedience. On the other hand, in yesterday’s reading in Romans 3, he discounted the opinions of those who say obedience is no longer required.

31 Well then, if we emphasize faith, does this mean that we can forget about the law? Of course not! In fact, only when we have faith do we truly fulfill the law.

Does this relate to trusting God as the basis of our hope, rather than trusting in our own actions? I will close with two verses from today’s Psalm.

But I trust in your unfailing love.
  I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
I will sing to the Lord
    because he is good to me.