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Hope Against Hope He Believed

December 28, 2014

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Hope  Against Hope  He Believed

We all have things  we hope for.     We also hope  for the promises  of God  to come true  in our lives.     With God,  we hope  for forgiveness,  righteousness,  peace,  a stronger walk  in faith,  salvation,  courage,  our daily needs,  etc.     And these we all receive.     We have received these  because they are a part  of God’s promises  for all His children.

Down  through the ages,  people have had  all sorts  of hopes based  on God’s specific promises.     Abraham received  a promise  from God  that he waited years for.     God had promised Abraham  that his descendants  would be as numerous  as the stars  —  but,  Abraham did not have any children.     Without even one descendant,  how could he possibly have many descendants?     Paul describes  Abraham’s situation  in Romans 4:18  by saying,

In hope  against hope  he believed,  in order  that he might become  a father  of many nations,  according to that which had been spoken,  “So shall your descendants be.”

From everything  that could be humanly determined,  Abraham didn’t have a chance  at receiving  the descendants promised  to him  by the Lord.     After all,  he was nearing 100 years  of age  and his wife  was 90,  but God had not yet given them  the promised son.     That is why Paul says,  “In hope against hope  he believed.”

If Abraham trusted  and believed  God’s promises,  in spite  of all sorts  of evidence  to the contrary,  why do we fail  to believe?     We have the advantage  of seeing  and learning  what God did  for Abraham,  when everything  was right  according to God’s wisdom.

It simply  does not matter  what things look  or feel like  in this world.     Everything can look  so bleak  and hopeless,  and we will be sorely tempted  to feel hopeless.     But,  we are not  to give up hope.     We are to be righteous  like Abraham  and simply believe  —  just because God said so.     God will strengthen us  in the true faith,  because that is a promise  of His.

It is because we can trust God  that we are not  to give up hope  and end up sinning against  our Lord.     God has promised  in Romans 8:28,

We know  that God causes  all things  to work together  for good  to those  who love God,  to those  who are called  according to His purpose.

With this promise,  we surely can  “hope against hope”,  trusting that God  will work out all things  for our good  in the end.     He will.     We just need  to live  in God’s truth  every day.

All the promises  God has made  to us  are for our eternal welfare.     God has not promised us lives free  from temptations.     He has not promised  to make us multimillionaires  or that we would remain young  and healthy all  of our lives.     But,  God has promised  to lead us through temptations.     We can trust Him  to strengthen us  so that we won’t be caving in  to every temptation  that comes our way.     God has promised  to be near us  as we face  all sorts  of troubles  in this world.     As God stays near us,  we grow  in faith,  hope,  and love  —  we are enabled  to become stronger  in living God-pleasing lives.

These are all the things  that we can confidently hope for  and know  that God will grant us.     As we hope  for a better tomorrow,  let us hope  for the right things  that will keep us  on the road  to our heavenly home,  where there will be glory  and peace  beyond our wildest imagination.

As our faith  and hope  are centered  on salvation  in Christ Jesus,  we will receive  all the strength,  joy,  and peace  we need  to make it through  this world  of tears.     In “hope against hope”,  we will confidently say,  “Hallelujah!     Lord,  You are our strength  and shield,  our fortress  and guide  through all  of this life.     All glory  is to Your name.”

Love,
Margaret

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A Christian devotional  to glorify  the LORD of lords  and GOD of gods.

 

Pray for our country.

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Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus

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The LORD  made this day, let us rejoice  and be glad  in Him.

Psalm 118:24

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The word of the LORD is tried;

He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.

Psalm 18:30

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Sing for joy  in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;

Praise is becoming  to the upright.

Psalm 33:1

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How blessed are those  who dwell  in Thy house!

They are ever praising Thee.

Psalm 84:4

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Just as a father  has compassion  on his children,

So the LORD  has compassion  on those who fear Him.

Psalm 103:13

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O give thanks  to the LORD,  for He is good;

For His lovingkindness  is everlasting.

Psalm 107:1

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Glory in His holy name;

Let the heart  of those who seek the LORD  be glad.

Psalm 105:3

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Not that I have already obtained it,  or have already  become perfect, but I press on  in order that  I may  lay hold  of that for which also  I was laid hold of  by Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:12

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