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Hope, Against all Hope

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." (NIV)

Post-menopausal women do not have babies. That is why Sarah laughed when God told her that she would have a son (Genesis 18:10-12). Then God said, "Is anything too hard for the Lord?" (Genesis 18:14). Of course, we know that the answer must be, 'no, nothing is too hard for God'. But often it is hard for us to believe it.

However, Abraham did believe; even though the Divine Word was against human logic and contradicted the evidence of their old age (Hebrews 11:11-12). So, although all hope was gone (he had despaired of his own ability to fulfil God's promise), God's Word gave him fresh hope that God would do what he could not. That is faith in action.

Today, despite huge advances in science we come to a point when humanly our hope runs dry. But that does not stop God from taking action. As we believe Him, so He achieves the impossible in His time. One of the greatest miracles is for sinners to be born again, brought into His family with no fear of condemnation. That is what Jesus promised to all who believe in Him (John 3:16). And after that miracle, we need to take Romans 8:32 seriously, "He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all - how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?" Instead of worrying, trust in the Lord who acts in power!

Almighty God. Thank You that nothing is too hard for You. Forgive me when I have wasted time and energy worrying about problems I could not solve; and when I have refused to do what You have commanded because I could not see how it might be done. Please help me to take Your Word seriously, to believe what You say and to keep trusting You even when all hope is gone. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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