“Hope” is a word we throw around a lot, causing it to lose much of its meaning. We hope the weather gets nicer sooner, hope our team wins the game, hope traffic isn’t too bad on the way to work, and hope they get our lunch order right this time.
Biblical hope is much different. God-given hope isn’t a pie-in-the-sky, birthday candle wish; it’s faith-filled, on-the-edge-of-your-seat, know-it-will-happen-because-God-said-it-would hope!
Abraham exemplified that kind of fanatical, never-give-up hope. Romans 4:18 says that when the odds were stacked against he and his wife Sarah, Abraham “hoped against hope.” In other words, he hoped even when there seemed to be no logical reason to keep hoping. Romans goes onto say, “He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body.” That’s saying something because Romans 4:19 says he “was as good as dead.” Yikes! Imagine getting that birthday card for your 100th birthday!
So where did Abraham get the strength to keep hoping against hope?
…he grew strong in his faith as he gave glory to God.
His choice to glorify God gave him the grit to keep going. The same can be true for you. Doubt and depression are downward spirals, but choosing to glorify God is an upward spiral. As you praise, God gives power; as you receive His power, you praiser harder, and the upward spiral continues.
Does it feel like you’re hoping against hope? Hold on. God is able to do what He promised.
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