Abraham, known as the father of the Jewish faith, did not waiver at the promises of God through unbelief but was strengthened in faith as he trusted and followed God, giving glory to Him. He was promised a nation, but made to wait until he was 100 years old for a son. He was given a son but asked to sacrifice him for the Lord, not knowing that God would stop him before he followed through, but only after proving his unrelenting trust and obedience. Contrary to hope, in hope he believed, being fully convinced that what God had promised He was able to perform. (from Romans 4:18, 20-21)
This is faith, and this is what allows us to be declared righteous before a holy God. We are justified freely by His grace through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ that He might be just and the justifier of all who have faith in Jesus (from Romans 3:21-26).
Apart from Christ we have no hope here or beyond the grave, but because of him “blessed are those whose lawless deeds are forgiven, and whose sins are covered” (Psalm 32:1). By faith we are forgiven and we will see God, working in and among us here and waiting with open arms for eternity.
All Scriptures are from the New King James Version of the Bible unless otherwise noted.