This has been a tough year for so many of us. My heart aches for those who have lost loved ones, for those that have died from the pandemic, and those families suffering from all kinds of illness. But it is my hope that we remember what God said to us: “I am sending my Son and His name shall be Emmanuel”, meaning in Hebrew, God is with us. Please believe that just as God promised, He is with us and He will help us make it through. Let’s try to connect with each other by phone, email and texts. –Pastor Stan <!–split–>
AGAINST ALL HOPE
Romans 4:16-21: Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed” (v. 18).
But that can’t be; there is no hope. If anyone could have justly said that, Abraham could have. He was an old man, aged 100. His wife Sarah was 90-years-old. But God said, “Look up at the heavens and count the stars—if indeed you can count them. So shall your offspring be.” (Genesis 15:5). <!–split–>
We think of hope as simply a reasonable belief. We have hope if we can understand what we hope for. But Abraham believed against hope. His hope was a conviction that stood beyond hope.
God is beyond hope because God is beyond our understanding of what can be. Abraham believed, trusted, and put his faith in God who is hope beyond all human hope. There are no limits to God, and there are no limits to hope. God is hope. This is not wishful thinking but reality, as real as God is himself. God answers our “there is no hope” doubtings. He shows us hope, a hope against hope.
Lord, thank you that hope is more than I think it is.
If you have put strings of limitation on God today, consciously cut those strings.
(from Bible Readings ON HOPE by Roger C. Palms)