“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so he became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, ‘So shall your offspring be.'” Romans 4:18
This is one of those verses I’ve read so many times that I would normally brush right over it except for my friend, Lauren Gaskill, who brought it to my attention while doing a Facebook Live video the other week. Her examination of the verse made me take a closer look. I’m so glad I did.
Against all hope.
The definition of hope is: The feeling of what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best.
This verse is says, when there was no reason to have hope, Abraham had hope anyway and believed. He believed in what God had told him in spite of his circumstances.
What an example Abraham gives us here.
In the following verses the author of Romans, Paul, goes on to tell us Abraham’s circumstances.
“Without weakening his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead — since he was about a hundred years old — and that Sarah’s womb was dead.”
He and his wife Sarah were too old to produce a child. But Abraham didn’t let the impossibility of what was humanly impossible thwart his faith in an all-things-possible God.
“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God…” Meaning, he did not flicker or flutter in unbelief, no doubt, not even for a minute. He was steadfast.
“…But was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.”
This humanly impossible task of fathering a child at age one hundred, in light Abrahams’s belief in what God could do, strengthened his faith and because of that he brought glory to God.
These Scriptures, these stories, are here to grow our faith and to prove to us that God honors His promises even when it’s looks nonsensical or, against all hope.
I want to have that kind of faith, one that defies my circumstances. Don’t you?
“Draw close to God and he will draw close to you” (James 4:8).
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