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“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed….” (Romans 4:18)
I’m thankful that hope is so stubborn. If it wasn’t, I think I’d be a goner. In spite of all the times my circumstances have tempted me to throw in the towel, hope just won’t let me do it. It pops up to the surface and takes over.
Oh, I’ve tried to resist. I’ve let discouraging thoughts smother the things that are “noble, lovely and praiseworthy.” (Philippians 4:8) I’ve listened to the whispers of failure more times than I care to remember. I’ve allowed the voice of disappointment become louder than any scream. But with the predictability of a Hallmark movie, I find that after all my rants and raves, hope stands quietly waiting. She penetrates my protests with undeniable assurance that it’s going to be okay.
Hope is a God-thing, of course. Scripture compares hope to an anchor. (Hebrews 6:19) It attaches us to what is really real and solid. Hope causes hearts that would otherwise go adrift to dig in to the truth.
Abraham learned this. Although he didn’t start out that way, he somehow arrived at that place which required him to “hope against hope.” He had been given big promises…promises accompanied by big delays. These delays stretched him, pushed him to the edge, and most certainly disheartened him, for “hope deferred makes the heart sick.” (Proverbs 13:12) But in spite of all the waffling doubts he kept hoping.
The stubborn nature of hope arose every time he looked at the brilliance of the night—a night that echoed what God had spoken to him, “I will make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky.” (Genesis 26:4) When he walked in the endless desert sand he was reminded that God said, “I will make your offspring like the dust of the earth, so that if anyone could count the dust, then your offspring could be counted.” (Genesis 13:16)
Whenever he heard his new name, “Abraham,” hope took him back to the time when God told him he would be the “father of many nations”. (Genesis 17:5) Hope bound him so tightly to the word of God that it yielded the indomitable substance we call faith. It will do the same for us. So don’t hold back. Let the hope of God be your anchor today.
Father, Like the old hymn says, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly trust in Jesus’ Name.” When the storms are raging in my life, remind me that You are trustworthy and that You are a safe place to put my hope. Because of Jesus’ sacrifice I have hope, for today, and for tomorrow and for all eternity. Thank you for the stubborn gift of hope. Amen
Question: Are you resisting the stubbornness of hope?