Checking God's Credit
Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
When God asked Abraham to give his only son as a sacrifice, it says that Abraham looked at God’s record and saw that God was able to raise up his son from the dead. When this verse says, Accounting, it is saying that Abraham looked at God’s record like an accountant looks at the books to see if everything is balanced out. It means that Abraham was checking out God’s credit to see if He paid His bills on time. When Abraham took an account of God’s record, he discovered that God was able to raise his son from the dead.
At the writing of this devotional, I am fifty-five years of age. I have been saved for fifty years, and throughout these years I have learned by checking my records several things about God that should be an encouragement to you. You see, a credit history tells the whole story about an individual’s integrity, and when I take an account of God I find several things about Him that will help you to determine whether He is worthy to trust and serve.
First, God’s account shows that He answers prayer. Jeremiah 33:3 says, Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not. God promised to answer prayer, and He does answer prayer. God’s answer may not have always been what I wanted, but I can attest that He answered prayers and His answers were always best.
Second, God’s account shows that He loves sinners. John 3:16 says, For God so loved the world…. This world that God loved was a sinful world. This world that God loves includes you. One of the best phrases in the Scriptures is, For God so loved the world, which means that God loves you no matter what you have done. You are a sinner, but God’s love still causes Him to love you.
Third, God’s account shows that He has never failed. Joshua 21:45 says, There failed not ought of any good thing which the LORD had spoken…. Whatever work God has started, He has never failed to finish. You are a work of God, and He will never fail to finish what He started to do in you.
Fourth, God’s account shows that He is able. Hebrews 11:19 says that God was able. 2 Corinthians 9:8 and many other verses say, God is able. Your problem is not too big for God’s power. God is very able to care for your needs. He is very able to take your problem and solve it. You may see the impossible when it comes to your problem, but God sees opportunity because He is able to perform the miraculous through your impossibilities.
Fifth, God’s account shows that He is faithful. 1 Corinthians 1:9 says, God is faithful. There are many things in life that you cannot count on, but one thing you can count on is that God is faithful to keep His promises and to be there for you in your time of need. Throughout my life, I have always found that when my back is up against the wall, God is faithful to save me from my problems. That same God that was faithful to me in the past is still faithful today to all who call Him their Saviour.
Sixth, God’s account shows that He will save sinners. It matters not what you have done in life; God will save you and give you a home in Heaven if you will simply put your faith and trust in Christ’s payment for your sins.