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Hope Against Hope

January 1, 2018


Hope Against Hope

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 multi-millionaires  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,  and 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 our shield,  our fortress  and our guide  through all  of this life.     All glory is  to Your name.”



A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods


Pray for our country.


This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24


The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.
Psalm 18:30


Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1


How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4


Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13


Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1


Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3


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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