Yet he [Abraham] did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. Romans 4:20-21
These verses are about faith. But I believe they are also about hope. Even in his old age and against all human odds, Abraham believed the promise that God made to him about becoming the father of many nations. Abraham had no confidence in his own ability – only faith in what God could do – the kind of faith that breeds hope. These verses challenge me. Do I live my life with that kind of faith in God? I must confess, not always. Am I filled with that kind of hope? Not as often as I would like. What would my life look like if I believed that our God really does keep His promises, and that He is able to do more than I could ever imagine? Why is it that when faced with impossible circumstances or situations I begin to mutter, “that’s impossible,” or “nothing will ever change,” instead of believing that God CAN do the impossible? I’m challenging myself today to cling to the hope of what God can do. I will intentionally turn my thoughts away from the negative and whisper to myself, “I can’t wait to see what God will do!” Will you join me?
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21