Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | July 14, 2017

Unwavering Hope

“He (Abraham) believed, hoping against hope, so that he became the father of many nations according to what been spoken; so  will your descendants be.”  Romans 4:18 (HCSB)

Ever had the odds stacked against you?  The negatives far outweighing the positives.  The “no ways” shouting loud and clear drowning out the “maybes.”   The possibilities evaporating right before your eyes.  Endings staring you in the face as dreams fade in the distance.

It takes tremendous courage to keep believing when time starts running out.  It takes boldness to keep trusting when promises go unfilled.  It takes a deep committed faith that stretches for what it can’t still see. It’s the stuff that pleases God the most when hope doesn’t’ cave in and give up but rather chooses to hold on tight with confidence – that’s faith!

A journey of faith characterized Abraham’s life.  Genesis 12 unveils the promises of God –  invigorating, hope givers. “I will make you into a great nation.  I will bless you and make your name great and you will be a blessing,”  promises flowing from our Creator God. Echoing deep in the heart of one who left it all to follow His God.  With no idea of where he was going and no timeline of when God’s words would be fulfilled, Abraham embarked on an amazing journey.

Love the way scripture doesn’t leave out those moments of doubt or struggles when Abraham zeroed in on circumstances.  Twice he lied and misrepresented his wife for the sake of insecurities.   At age 86 and no offspring in the picture, Abraham gave in to the wishes of his wife and slept with her handmaid.  Manipulating God’s time table didn’t serve any of them well. Chaos and drama multiplied, yet God renewed and enlarged his covenant. At age 100 Abraham and his wife had their son, Isaac – the fulfillment of God’s promise.

Faith in the midst of hopelessness is beautiful.  It propels us forward to boldly and courageously hold tight to God’s promises.  It reminds us that taking things into our own hands never serves us well.  And, if we persist faithfully trusting our God despite overwhelming circumstances then those who see, hear and live through our story will be impacted as well.

 

“Father, we want to be women who hope against hopelessness – fully trusting You without wavering.”

 

For His Glory

Janet Martin
TRBC Women’s Life

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