They Believed God

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It was nearly four thousand years ago that Abraham lived. He had no child, and he was old. God, however, told him that he should have a son, and that his descendants should be as numerous as the stars. This was a hard saying; but "Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness."
In this day of grace, God says: "To him that worketh not, but believeth on Him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness."
Nearly three thousand years ago, there was an exceeding great city called Nineveh. The wickedness of its inhabitants reached up to God, and He sent the prophet Jonah there to preach whatever He should bid him. So Jonah stood in the street of the city, and he cried, "Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown!"
This was not a pleasant proclamation of grace and mercy, but a solemn one of judgment. Perhaps the Ninevites had never before heard about the living God, though they had plenty of false gods; yet we read, "The people of Nineveh believed God." They heeded His warning, and they were delivered from the coming judgment.
Some nineteen hundred years ago, Paul stood on the deck of a small vessel plying in the Mediterranean. He was a prisoner. A tempest was raging, and the ship was driving before the wind. There was no hope of being saved. Suddenly Paul stood forth among the crew and passengers, and told them that God had sent an angel to him, and that there would be no loss of life, but only of the ship. Incredible news! Almost too good to be true. But what did Paul add? "I believe God, that it shall be even as it was told me." This was faith.
Friend, God tells you that He "commendeth His love" to you, "in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us." Do you reply, "I believe God"?
Blessing through Jesus is still being offered to the sinner. "We have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Savior of the world." 1 John 4:1414And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world. (1 John 4:14). What answer will you give to the love that makes known such blessing to you? Here is the inspired answer which is recorded for us: "We have known and believed the love that God hath to us." 1 John 4:1616And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him. (1 John 4:16).