Have the circumstances of life come against you in such a way you don’t know what to do? Does it seem as if your life has gone from bad to worse and you don’t see how it could get much worse? If so, don’t despair, read on, there’s hope for you!
Just because you’re in a hopeless situation does not mean you’re without hope.
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. Romans 4:18 KJV
The who in this scripture is Abraham. When you read this scripture you might scratch your head and say to yourself, What? Who against hope believed in hope…what in the world does this mean? Read this same scripture from the Message Bible.
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. Romans 4:18 MSG
The Message makes it a little clearer to understand the meaning of this verse, but first a little background information on Father Abraham in case you haven’t read about him.
Abraham and Sarah could have no children. Sarah was barren and now they both were well beyond natural childbearing years. There was no possible way in the natural they could conceive and have a child. There was no reason for them to even hope they would have a child. There was no earthly reason for them to even expect this would happen. It didn’t happen when they were both young and it was inconceivable for them to expect a child now, after all, Abraham was 100 years old and Sarah was 90. In the natural there was no hope, however, God gave Abraham a promise that he and Sarah would have a child. The promise was that he would have descendants with Sarah. On the basis of that promise he could now have a ‘God hope’.
It is upon that hope…’God hope’ instead of natural hope that Abraham believed and received. The Bible says that he was “…Fully assured that what God had promised, He was able also to perform.” (Romans 4:21) He believed the promise of God given to him and in exchange for that belief, the Bible says “…It was credited to him as righteousness” meaning Abraham could still receive the answer.
The promise was beyond natural hope, but he could receive within God’s promised hope. God cannot lie. What He says He will do… He will do. God made a promise and though it looked like it would never happen…it did happen just like God said. Sarah did conceive and bore the promised child, Isaac, just as God said. If God says it… it’s so. It doesn’t matter what it looks like in the natural.
Has God made you a promise and it doesn’t look like it’s ever going to happen?
If so, you’re in good company with Faithful Abraham. You’re also in line for your miracle. Don’t give up. Don’t let go of faith and don’t give up hope.
In fact, get your hopes up!
When we’re kids we have hopes and dreams of someday being a doctor, a lawyer, an astronaut, but as we grow older most give up their hopes and dreams and settle. Most give up because the voices of reason…usually your own parents telling you… ‘don’t get your hopes up’. Their reasoning is this…if you don’t expect much you won’t be disappointed when it doesn’t happen. As a result, many give up their aspirations of being what they were called to be and they stop pursuing the dream God Himself has placed in their hearts.
These Parent’s intentions are probably well meaning, but how depressing to lose your hope. Many people have given up their hope and settled for mediocre lives. They don’t expect anything better and they get exactly what they expect.
I love the inspirational saying, “Shoot for the moon, even if you miss you will land among the stars.”
Remember this important truth…hope and faith are not based on natural conditions, they are based on God’s spoken word despite natural conditions.
Keep dreaming and don’t give up hope!