Have you been discouraged lately? Have you ever felt stuck in relationships or situations that do not seem to ever change for the better no matter how hard you want to believe it will? Life has a way to throw the curveballs of disappointment and discouragement to keep us from resting our faith in God. It could be disillusionment in certain people. It could be hurt. Other times it could be comfort in the familiar…but they all the ability to prevent us from walking life in the ‘so much more’ of God’s supernatural.
I went through a period of dryness where nothing seems to make sense. The relationships that I once treasure seem to dissipate leaving me feeling rejected, hurt, disappointed, displaced, discouraged and alone…truly alone.
It was during those few years that God begin to teach me the essence of true hope. The heart that was once vibrant with hope was now deadened with hurt. I needed His touch to enliven the ability to hope, to trust again. This is a short summary of the story of Abraham and how God caused his heart to beat again…and it can be the same for us too…
The Bible repeatedly talks about Abraham’s ability to “hope against hope”, but what does that actually mean?
18 In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, “So shall your [b]descendants be.”
19 Without becoming weak in faith he contemplated his own body, now as good as dead since he was about a hundred years old, and the deadness of Sarah’s womb;
20 yet, with respect to the promise of God, he did not waver in unbelief but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God
Abraham had every reason, from a human point of view, to give up hope, to have a child through Sarah… as they were both well beyond the physical ability to produce children. Yet despite the seeming impossibility hoped for, he believed it would happen as God said.
“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed…” (NIV)
“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping- believing that…” (NLT)
“Hoping in spite of hopeless circumstances…” (ISV)
“When there was nothing left to hope for, Abraham still hoped and believed…” (God’s Word)
“Under utterly hopeless circumstances he hopefully believed…” (Weymouth)
This hope that the Bible talks about is a different kind of hope which springs from the promise of God, so that our faith is not a “leap into the dark,” but rather founded and secured in God’s word and His promises J .
This hope believes that God is able. That God will do what he has promised to do. And this hope is one that keeps us moving forward and translating that faith into everyday action.
When rejection happens, when relationships sour, when the labour’s fruitless, when the number dwindles, when the marriage is loveless and when the healer doesn’t heal…the hope in us can diminish…and that is exactly what the devil wants us to be…hopeless, fruitless and visionless…but when our hopes soar high, our everyday can be legacy making.
Today, please know that God is able to be your source of hope again…no matter what your circumstance may be.