Romans 4:18 - Relentless Hope.
Romans 4:18 (NIV) Against all hope, Abraham
in hope believed and so became the father of
many nations, just as it had been said to him,
"So shall your offspring be."
Romans 4:18 (NLT) 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, Thats how many
descendants you will have!
Romans 4:18 (AMP) [For Abraham, human reason
for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he
should become the father of many nations, as he had
been promised, So [numberless] shall your
Romans 4:18 (MSG) 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. And so he was
made father of a multitude of peoples. God
himself said to him, "You're going to have a big
Romans 4:18 (Phillips) Abraham, when hope
was dead within him, went on hoping in faith
He relied on the word of God.
We have few problems with hope when all
is going well and the future looks bright. But
God doesn't normally cultivate our hope in that
context, does He? No, He lets our hope run into
obstacles and challenges and contradictions far more
often than we're comfortable with, stretching us
to near-breaking point until our hope either
fades or stands in unrealistic defiance against
visible circumstances. At times, He even seems to
oppose our hope Himself, seeing if well hang on
to what we know to be true about Him, though
all reason suggests we're wrong. These are the
fires in which real hope - the kind rooted in
eternity - is forged.
We don't like that process. We aren't
comfortable with hoping "against all hope" (Romans 4:18,
NIV) or when there is "no reason visibly
supporting us. We don't enjoy critics who think we're
irrational or delusional or naive. Like all human
beings, we love respect and affirmation. But when
all the underpinnings for our hope seem to have
been removed, we don't get much understanding
from those around us. We can only wait for
vindication at the end of the promise.
That's what Kingdom hope looks like. It's
rooted in love, the kind that allows us to look at
our King with complete trust that He will not
let us down. Without that foundation, hanging on
to our hope is a hopeless endeavor. But knowing
who He is - relentlessly clinging to His
character and goodness and love - puts us on solid
footing in His Kingdom. We see things that other
people can't see. We look for evidence of His
Kingdom coming into dark places. We pray
persistently for the signs of the Kingdom and the will of
the King. We hope no matter what.
Whatever it takes, cultivate hope in your
heart. God is never pessimistic about your life;
neither should you be. See through hope-colored
lenses. Refuse to listen to any thought that doesn't
come from the mind of God. Be as stubborn as
Abraham in waiting for God's promises. Eventually,
true God-given hope is fulfilled. [The One Year
Heaven On Earth Devotional by Chris Tiegreen]
What to Do When Your Hope Dies
How do you know when hope has died in
your life? You start using the word never.
Im never going to get married. Im never
going to graduate. Im never going to get well.
Im never going to get out of debt. Im never
going to be able to let go of my past and forget
all of that shame and heartache. Im never
going to be able to change. Im never going to
see this situation turn around. Thats when
hope has died - when you have reached a dead end
and dont see a way out.
What do you do when your hope dies?
Romans 4:18 says, Abraham, when hope was dead
within him, went on hoping in faith He relied
on the word of God (Phillips).
When you are at a dead end - when its
hard to hold on to hope - you need the Bible.
Read it. Study it. Memorize it. Think about it.
Write it down on little notecards and take them
wherever you go.
The Bible is full of promises, and
nothing else can encourage you like it can. When you
rely on the Word and trust in its promises, it
will revive you emotionally. You wont panic
because youll be reminded that, even though
something is out of your control, its not out of
A dead end is a test of your faith. The
Bible says in Hebrews 11:17, While God was
testing him, Abraham still trusted in God and his
promises, and so he offered up his son Isaac (TLB).
When God said he wanted Abraham to sacrifice his
son, Abraham didnt blink an eye. He didnt
panic - because he remembered what God could do.
He relied on what God had promised him.
Sometimes, like it did for Abraham, it
looks like God wants you to give up your most
precious dream. Can you offer that to him in faith,
trusting in Gods deliverance?
Maybe youre at a dead end now, and it
seems there is no way out. Hear this: Things are
never as bleak as they seem. If you see no way
out, its because youre looking from a human
viewpoint, not Gods.
Romans 4:20 says, Abraham never
doubted. He believed God, for his faith and trust
grew ever stronger, and he praised God for this
blessing even before it happened (TLB).
A promise is only as good as the
character of the person who makes the promise. The
Bible says God cannot lie because he is complete
truth. If he makes a promise to you, hes going
to fulfill it. It will happen exactly as he has
said. When youre at your dead end, trust in
Gods truth. [Daily Devotional by Rick Warren:
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