Susan says: Mar 19, 2006 - 9:02 This is an amazing chapter because it explains what an amazing thing it is that God has done. Just a few of my favourite bits from the Message: “If you’re a hard worker and do a good job, you deserve your pay; we don’t call your wages a gift. But if you see that the job is too big for you, that it’s something only God can do, no matter how hard and long you worked – well, that trusting-Him-to-do it is what you gets you set right with God, by God. Sheer gift” v.4-5. “We call Abraham ‘father’ not because he got God’s attention by living like a saint, but because God made something out of Abraham when he was a nobody. … When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do” v.16-18. I think this chapter points out two difficulties we humans have. One, it makes us feel dependent because we so desperately need God to make us right with Himself since we can’t do it ourselves. Mostly we don’t like feeling dependent. (Especially as independance is celebrated in the world.) Secondly what we are required to do is trust God when all our circumstances scream out to us that it is crazy to trust God. Hopefully, like Abraham, we decided to trust Him anyway.