Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. (KJV)
Do you have a dream in your heart or a word that was spoken over your life? Does it seem impossible right now? Does it look like there’s no way it can happen? Are you beginning to think you’re crazy for believing anyway? Don’t worry; you’re not alone. Merriam Webster’s Dictionary even defines this type of hope as “hope against hope,” which meanshope without any basis for expecting fulfillment.
If everything you see in your life tells you to give up; it’s too late; you’re not good enough anyway; you shouldn’t have tried in the first place; and yet, somewhere in the deep recesses of your being, you still have hope, then you my friend, are “hoping against hope.”
Why do you still believe when there is absolutely no reason for you to believe? The answer is simply this–you have received a gift from God…FAITH.
Now read Romans 4:18 again and see yourself in the scripture:
(YOU), who against hope believed in hope, that (YOU), might become(WHATEVER GOD PROMISED YOU), according to that which was spoken, So shall (IT) be.
Faith is the ability to believe without a reason. Abraham, the father of faith, did it, and so can we. Another version of the same scripture reads this way…
Abraham was first named “father” and then became a father because he dared to trust God to do what only God could do: raise the dead to life, with a word make something out of nothing. When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. (The Message)
Faith enables you to receive for no reason. Why was Abraham able to have a biological son when he was 100 years old and his 90-year-old wife was barren? FAITH. But, this was only the beginning of the vision. Having one son was not the complete promise; God’s vision for Abraham was that he would become the father of many nations and that in him all nations of the earth would be blessed. So, when God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, it didn’t make any sense! If Abraham obeyed, how would his seed ever outnumber the stars in the sky?
Faith empowers you to obey without a reason. Even though Abraham couldn’t answer that question, he obeyed anyway. Remember, faith without works is dead. (See James 2:17) Abraham verified his faith by his obedience to God, even in the hard things. The final qualification for Abraham to receive his miracle was his willingness to sacrifice his sole reason to believe–his only son, Isaac.
- Faith is light in complete darkness; it enabled Abraham to see a way out of the situation. Abraham believed God could even raise his son from the dead if necessary.
- Faith is clarity in the chaos of conflicting emotions. Abraham’s faith overcame his fear of losing his only son.
- And finally, Hebrews 11:1 says, “Faith is the confident assurance that something you really want is going to happen, even though you cannot see it ahead.” (God’s Word Version).
Abraham did receive his miracle. At the very last moment, God stepped in and provided a sacrifice, in the place of Isaac. Isaac lived and had a son called Jacob. Jacob lived and had a son called Judah; and through the tribe of Judah, Jesus Christ was born. Now, through Christ, people of all nations can be grafted into the bloodline of Abraham by FAITH in the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross. So, Abraham did in deed become the father of many nations.
Now the question is this–will you become who God has called you to be? The power is in your hands, in your heart and in your mouth. Keep believing; keep obeying; and keep speaking the word God said over your life because…
Today’s Life Principle: Faith is the creative force that brings the thing you believe or desire into existence.