was written of Abraham that
"Against hope (Abraham) believed in hope" Roman 4:18.
Have you ever felt this way? Maybe there is a hope or a dream
that the Lord has given you that seems impossible of ever
coming true; in fact, it feels "against hope." This scripture
is comforting because it teaches us that in the deepest despair
of all impossibilities, there is still hope.
you see, wanted a son. God had given him a promise that he
would have a son and that his descendants would be like the
stars in the sky in number. But time went on and on and Abraham
and his wife Sarah became very old. Abraham was near 100 years
old and Sarah was about 90, and there was still no sign of
God's fufilled promise. Yet God had been working in Abraham
during all the long years he waited, and He was teaching him
to trust and rely on Him.
When Jesus was asked "What
must we do to do the work that God requires?"
He gave this reply: "The work of
God is this: to believe in the One He has sent."
The word believe in this verse is translated in the
original Greek to mean: to trust, to rely upon,
to cleave to. It is the idea of putting faith in another
outside of ourselves. It means trusting another's strength
and ability and not our own. Jesus is talking about having
a simple child-like trust in Him. It is this same trust that
Jesus calls us to when He says "Come
unto me all ye who are weary and heavy laden and I will give
you rest." Matthew 11:28 True trust always results
in rest, for the burden is no longer on you, but on God.
Do you have the weight of an impossible
situation in your life? Do you have a vision that is all but
snuffed out? Let go of the impossibilities of your own eyes
and receive the grace to trust God for His possibilities.
He truly is able to bring it to pass, for as He said to Abraham,
"Is anything too hard for the Lord?"
God did indeed fulfill His promise,
and in Abraham's old age gave him a son named Isaac. Through
Isaac, the entire Israelite nation came into being. God had
begun to fulfill the word He spoke when He said to Abraham:
"Look up at the heavens and count
the stars - if indeed you can count them...so shall your offspring
be." Genisis15:5NIV Isaac, by the way, means laughter.
God told Abraham to name his son laughter because the
promise seemed so impossible that it literally made Abraham
Do you have a promise that makes you
laugh? Remember "With God, all things
are possible." Mark 10:27