Years ago, I remember seeing a bumper sticker saying, “God said it, I believe it, that settles it.”
This may best describe the faith Abraham had that gave him hope when the circumstances he found himself in seemed otherwise.
His testimony reads, “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.’” (Romans 4:18)
Abraham only had the promise of God’s word to go on. Notice that is says, “Against all hope.” This means that Abraham was past point of any hope of having a son through Sarah, or for that matter himself, at least as far as the world was concerned.
But still Abraham held out hope, because His hope wasn’t in himself or in anyone else. Rather Abraham’s hope was in the Lord God and His word of promise.
The Lord said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them … So shall your descendants be.” (Genesis 15:5)
Abraham’s situation seemed hopeless. Both he and Sarah’s reproductive capabilities were in essence dead, with Abraham being 100 years old and Sarah 90 years old. In other words, they had no hope humanly speaking of ever having a child.
Yet, against all hope, in hope he believed.
“Without weakening in 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 also dead” (Romans 4:19).
Can you imagine the type of faith it took to believe in the impossible? Can you imagine the type of relationship Abraham had with God that he could take God at His word despite the evidence?
Yet, Abraham’s faith didn’t waiver, nor did He question whether God could fulfill what He had promised.
“Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.” (Romans 4:20-21)
This is the hope that we can have, and a hope that is worthy and sure, and that is what God has promised He will see it through. And so, against all hope in hope believe.
Dennis Lee is the Senior Pastor of Living Waters Fellowship located at 211 West First South behind ACE Hardware.
This Sunday he’ll be continuing in the series “Reset Your Life” by looking at “Reigniting Your Life.” This message is all about is getting ourselves supercharged for God, filled and overflowing with faith, hope, and love.
Everyone is experiencing difficult times, times that have in some instances taken our breath away. And what we need is that divine spark from God to get ourselves reignited to move forward in faith and in hope.
There will be food and fellowship prior to the service, and afterward, we’ll be having a special Potluck meal. It will be a great time for gathering and sharing food, fun, and fellowship.
And for your assurance, we completely clean and sanitize the Sanctuary, Fellowship Hall, and Children’s Ministry twice weekly.
You can also Watch on their YouTube channel “Mesquite NV Living Waters Fellowship.”