Romans 4:4-5 When people work, their wages are not a gift, but something they have earned. But when people are counted as righteous, not because if their work, but because of their faith in God who forgives sinners.
I love this!! I have read it before and just almost been sick to my tummy because it just confused me!! It made sense in my head but maybe not in my heart. What I have learned over these last four years of reading my Bible daily (I do miss a day here and there...but I so try not to) is this.. I could not have faith in God when I didn't know what God told me. I tried to have faith... I wanted to have faith... I thought I had faith... but how could I have faith when I didn't know but a blip of what God promises me? Each day as I read my Bible I learn more... and my faith grows more... then I am able to learn ever more.... and my faith grows even more.
As I read my Bible I learn God's promises... and as when they really drop down in my heart I am able to act on my faith in God. I don't try to be good so God will love me, instead I know, because of my faith, that if I do what God says, God will do what He promises me. So the more I do what God tells me to do, the better my life gets.
I am learning that what I need to do is learn God... as I learn God I see Him in the things around me... I see Him working in my life... then I get to go about learning to do better and being right with God even though I mess up. What a wonderful gift God gives us!!