Like many people in the 1990s, Chris Robinson loved Beanie Babies. He thought the small plush toys would increase in value, and he began devoting all his spare time—and money—to amassing a collection. He figured eventually he could sell them to pay college tuition. But after spending over $100,000 on some 15,000 Beanie Babies, the market for the toys plummeted, leaving Robinson with a whole lot of stuffed animals and debt.
Trying to invest money can be a wise decision, but the investment must be trustworthy. The object of our trust is important: faith in a worthless cure or risky business or unreliable person will do us no good. This is even more true in our spiritual lives. Merely having faith will not save us. Our faith must be placed in Jesus Christ.
As our text today makes clear, the object of faith was always supposed o be God, the Giver of the Law, not the Law itself. Only God can keep His promises. Only God could fulfill His word to Abraham to make him a father of many nations (v. 18).
The nature of faith is believing that God will do what He has said He will do (v. 21). This is no risky investment—God has proved Himself faithful over and over again. He promised Abraham a son, and the problem of old age could not keep God from keeping His word. He gives life to the dead, and even though Christ died for our sins, God “raised Jesus our Lord from the dead” (v. 24)!
The result of faith is being made righteous in God’s sight. We could never be good enough, never keep the Law perfectly, and never please God with our own efforts. We are able to enjoy salvation and a relationship with God only by faith in His Son.