Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have! Romans 4:18
If Abraham can believe in hope against hope, so can you.
The commands and promises of the Lord require more than obedience, they require faith. Obedience is defined as compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority.
Abraham left his fathers house and his land in obedience, but he was not considered a friend of God until he “believed” God. The scriptures say, ‘and the LORD took him outside and said, “Now look to the heavens and count the stars, if you are able.” Then He told him, “So shall your offspring be. (Gen. 15:5-6). The Lord had to call Abraham out of his tent and have him look at the stars; this way Abraham could stop focusing on his lack and reality.
We’ve all been through heartbreak and disappointment, but God has given us His word. He has not released us to fend for ourselves, to reprobate minds or to utter darkness: He is giving us an expectation. The Lord honors His word above His own name (Ps. 138:2): He doesn’t just speak to speak! Instead of focusing our attention on what seems to be our reality, lets build up our faith in order to place our faith and expectation in God!
Strengthen your faith like Abraham who hoped against hope (Rom. 4:18). Abraham and Sarah were tired of waiting but it didn’t affect their faith, servanthood, fellowship or their mood. They messed up but didn’t give up and neither should you, shake off the slumber!
Thank you father God for your faithfulness towards us. Thank you for choosing us and not giving up on us. You are in control of all things and I pray you give us all the strength and the faith to persevere in gratitude and joy. May knowing and serving you be a reflection of gladness in our lives. In Jesus name, Amen.