Contrary to Hope

This passage is from Romans 4 describing Abraham

17 (as it is written, I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God,” Romans 4:17-20

I think that all of us are currently “hoping” for things. To be healed of something, for a future husband or wife, for direction for your future, a job, for a family member to come to know Jesus, the list goes on and on. But I want to ask you something. What is so huge, so big, would be such an incredible miracle that you would be tempted to say that you have no business hoping for that because it seems so impossible, it seems contrary to hope.

I am sure that as soon as I ask that one or two things probably come to mind. I am writing this today to awaken hope to something in your life that seems impossible or contrary to hope. To hope in the impossible. To run after the improbable.

Why? I believe that verse 21 of this same passage holds the answer…

21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.

Abraham was convinced that God wasn’t the just PROMISER but the same God that promised was the one who was ABLE TO PERFORM! We can not forget this! We do not serve a God that makes lofty promises that sound great and make for great preaching and stories! We serve a God that is ABLE! He is able to perform what He has promised! We must be convinced of this and not swerve! He is able!

So what is that dream, promise, or situation that seems impossible? I dare you, because He that has promised is able to perform, hope again! Even when it seems contrary to hope.


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