Romans 4: 18-22 "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. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara's womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness."
Reading through Romans, and this entire section of Scripture made me pause, and I really started thinking about Abraham.
How impractical it seemed that God would give him and Sarah a child.
How out of this world crazy (seemingly) it was for God to send Abraham so far away from family, friends, religion.
Abraham is called a friend of God, but I wondered if Abraham always felt like God was his friend. I wonder at the cristiscm Abraham faced and how he overcame it.
Sometimes, it is hard to keep going when circumstances tell you there is no hope and no chance of anything turning out well. But that is not the God I serve, or the God Abraham believed in and followed. God will perform all He has promised. Always. Each and every time.
If I find my faith wavering and my hope failing, then it is time to put my armour on, because I forgotten who He is. My focus must be put back on Christ and taken off of myself.
Do you know someone who seems hopeless? If it is because they do not know Jesus, then make sure you say tell them about the Giver of Hope. If it is your brother or sister in Christ, then take a moment today to reach out to them and encourage them. Bring that sweet message their heart needs to hear of God's strength and love.