Against All Hope
What do you do when you run out of hope?
As a follower-of-Christ I have been in some situations where I felt hopeless. Now, that’s a problem because as a follower-of-Christ I should be full of hope. But I must be honest and say that I haven’t always been that way. My oldest daughter is now 13 (almost 14 in about another month). My wife and I have enjoyed those 13 years. But, we had to wait for 8 years before she was born because my wife had a medical condition that made it virtually impossible for her to get pregnant. So, we waited. At times we had lots of hope and other times we felt we had lost hope. As I look back over that time in our lives, I realize that during the times it seemed we had lost all hope of ever having a baby there was always a small glimmer of hope that would never die out.
Then one day I read this verse in Romans that just blew my mind. I had read this verse so many times before but one day it just really stood out to me. It has become one of my favorite verses.
Romans 4:18: 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.”
Did you notice the first part of this verse? Against all hope. Abraham had everything going against him for God’s promise of a son, an heir that would bring forth many nations. Oh, Abraham tried to make it happen on his own by having a son with his wife’s servant. But Yahweh had promised him a son from Sarah. The biggest problem? Abraham and Sarah were pretty much past child-bearing years. I am sure that they had settled on the fact that they were going to be childless. In the midst of this hopeless situation Yahweh gives them a promise. Abraham had a choice, as we all do. Was he going to believe God or was he going to wimp out and give up hope? I hate to admit it but there have been too many times when I have given up hope even though I know the promises of God.
I have to constantly remind myself of this verse. Against all hope, in hope Abraham believed. How does one hope against all hope? You have to put your hope in something, rather Someone. You see, as a follower-of-Christ I serve the God of hope. God is full of hope. He abounds in hope. He is hope. Because He is hope then I have hope because I am secure in Him. As long as I stay focused on Him, I can have hope for any situation because I know that He loves me and He will bring good out of any situation I am in.
Remember, earlier I said that during those 8 long years of waiting for our first child, there were times I felt I had lost hope? Yet, there was a glimmer of hope that wouldn’t die. How was that? I believe that it was because God’s Spirit lives within me. Because He is hope then I am really always full of hope. I just don’t always pull on that hope. I look at circumstances more than I look at Jesus. As a believer in Christ, you are full of hope.
My word for this year is hope. My prayer is that I will become the most hopeful person around. I want to be like Abraham….against all hope, in hope I believe.
Have you ever lost hope? What did you do to get it back?