December 9 (Advent, Day 12): The Dishonest Father Of Faith

December 9 (Advent, Day 12): The Dishonest Father Of Faith

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Chris Rowekamp

“For Abraham is the father of all who believe.”
—Romans 4:16b NLT


Meet Abraham. One of the most famous characters from the story of Scripture.

And far from perfect.

Two times he lied, saying that his wife was his sister because he was afraid of being killed by men who might try to take her as their own.

He also slept with his wife’s servant in an attempt to fulfill God’s promise through his own strength.

And yet the Bible calls him the father of all who believe.

How is that possible?

Precisely because a relationship with God requires faith, not perfection.

And that is the message of the Imperfect Nativity: despite our failures God chose to be with us.

If you think you need to be perfect for God to include you in his story, remember Abraham and the countless other imperfect heroes in the Bible. None was perfect, and God used them to change history.

Here is a simple prayer to carry with you today:

Breathe in: God of Abraham,
Breathe out: Use me in your story.

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