_Romans 4:20 says of Abram that, “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.”
So how did he give “glory to the God?” In context, to give “glory” means that you honor, give someone their due respect, or literally to “make weighty.” One way he did was by doing Proverbs 3:9; “Honor the LORD with your possessions, And with the firstfruits of all your increase.” Genesis 12:7 says, “Then the LORD appeared to Abram and said, "To your descendants I will give this land." And there he built an altar to the LORD, who had appeared to him;” Abram honored the LORD with his giving when the LORD spoke to him.
Of course, the first way he honored (or gave glory) to the LORD was when he obeyed him. Genesis 12:4 says, “So Abram departed as the LORD had spoken to him.”
I think it is interesting to note that Abram had the faith to leave behind his home to obey God but he had fear that the Egyptians would kill him for his wife. (See Gen. 12:11-20) That is a paradox of walking in faith with God. You step out in faith with God and sometimes confront things that cause fear. As we continue to obey, taking God at His word, and “giving glory to God” our faith will be strengthened.
There is so much that could be written on these 4 chapters; I will leave off for now, but hope you will chime in with your great comments or questions!
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan