Saturday, February 18, 2017

Daily Fountain 2017 - God's Marking Scheme

Saturday February 18

Bible Reading:     Romans 4: 13 - 25

Topic:         God's Marking Scheme

A sister asked: "How is it that the Bible said concerning Abraham that he staggered not at the promise of God whereas he actually staggered and went into Hagar?"

That question calls to mind the experience of a girl who wrote her University Entrance Exam last year. She wrote only 2 subjects out of the compulsory 4 subjects before the computer went bad irreparably. However, when the results came out, she scored above the total marks of the two subjects she wrote.

The Examination Board took notice that many candidates had that same problem that she had, so the Board gave all of them a uniform bonus mark of 30%. So the girl's result compared with the subjects the computer permitted her to write shows that her assessment was not based on technicality but on the circumstances surrounding the exam.

It was the same with Abraham, "He staggered not at the promise of God" was the divine assessment of the total journey of a man who had obtained mercy from God through faith, and not an isolated analysis of the incident in Abraham's story with regard to Hagar.

When we sincerely walk with God, He looks at our heart in relation to Himself.

This was why, despite all his mistakes, some of which many of us would never dream of making. Scripture testifies that Abraham was a man after God's Heart.

Thank God that He assesses our lives through the perspective of His grace at work in our lives.

Lord, score my life according to Your marking scheme, Amen

Memory verse:   Romans 4: 25
"Who was delivered for our offences and was raised again for our justification"

Source:     The Daily Fountain
(The Daily Devotional Guide of the Church of Nigeria Anglican Communion)

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