Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living ©
Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
(Romans 4:18 (NIV))
Against all hope!
I want to ask a very deep question. This is a question that I have asked myself before and I am sure that many of you have asked it in your lifetime.
What do you hold on to when you have no hope left?
Think about that for a moment.
How do you count hope? Is it as the world defines it based on so called logic and the evidence of things that you can see? If that is how you define hope, then Abraham was a foolish old man. He and his wife were without children and they were already close to beginning three digits in their age. According to the world, there was no hope that they would ever have a child, let alone be placed into a situation where Abraham would be called the father of many nations.
Against all hope Abraham still hoped! Actually, he did one better than hope. He believed! He believed that God would fulfill His promises. He believed that Sarah would bear him a son. He believed that God would provide. Even when, according to worldly standards, none of this could have happened, Abraham believed!
Abraham had faith! In fact, his faith is the perfect example of the definition of faith.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
(Hebrews 11:1 (NIV))
Abraham was sure even when the world said that he had no hope.
Is it possible for someone who earnestly seeks to follow the Lord to never have any hope left?
Take a look at your life. Take a look at the situations that you have begun to believe are hopeless. Now, I want you to rethink your answer to my previous question. I want you to answer that question with a bold statement.
I will still hold on to Jesus when all worldly hope is gone!
Copyright 1998 – 2016 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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