Law Brings Wrath
Those who rely on doing what is right for their righteousness will always have a shock. Nobody except Jesus can live a completely perfect life, and so every time they fail to do right, they invite the weight of the law to condemn them.
The Jews, who revered the written law of God, could never be made righteous - because they all failed to keep it perfectly. So their devotion to the law of God would only bring God's anger against them. On the other hand, Abraham who lived before the law was given simply believed what God had said and God credited righteousness to him. What Abraham believed was a promise that his offspring would be the means of the world's blessing. Even though he did not know that the key figure in that blessing was Jesus, he believed as much as he knew.
The Bible is full of God's promises. We cannot be saved without believing in the promise that all who repent and believe in Jesus have everlasting life (John 3:16). But there are many more promises too. We can never do enough to satisfy God's law but we can keep on trusting His Word and receiving His grace. Such faith does not aim to attract material wealth and possessions, but treasure in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21). Believing His promises will give us the confidence to look forward with hope, enabling us to persist despite our troubles. We begin by faith, and we must continue by faith.
© Dr Paul Adams