IN HOPE AGAINST HOPE

Scripture Reading:  Romans 4:13-25

“In hope he (Abraham) believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, ‘So shall your offspring be.'” (Romans 4:18)

Paul is using Abraham as an example of the importance of faith in salvation.  I love these words — “In hope he believed against hope.”  Paul had in mind God’s promise to Abraham — that he would be the father of nations when Abraham and Sarah were well beyond child-bearing years — “He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb” (v. 19).

Yes!  The odds were against him.  What seemed humanly impossible, he believed God could do — “No distrust made him waver concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God, fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised” (vs. 20,21).  Pay close attention to these words — he was “fully convinced that God was able to do what he had promised.”

The writer to the Hebrews defines faith as follows — “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviciton of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).  Faith means that we trust God even for things that seem utterly impossible.  Do you remember what the angel told Mary when he gave her the news that she was with child?  “For nothing will be impossible with God” (Luke 1:37).  Do you believe this?  Are you willing to trust God for things that seem impossible?  “In hope he believed against hope!”

We will face huge challenges in our lives, somethings that seem impossible to overcome.  This is when faith comes into play — “No distrust made him waver.”  Abraham believed God for the impossible.  Do you?

Lord God, I have seen your power at work in my life so many times and in so many different ways.  I trust You for the impossible.  I believe Your promises and I know that You will always do what is best for me.

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