Hope is built on God’s promises. God made a promise to Abraham that required him to believe the impossible.
As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. Romans 4:17
When we started Compass, God encouraged me with Romans 4:17, reminding me that he is, “the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not.” I thought, if this is going to work, it’s got to be God! He’s the only one who can give life to the spiritually dead and make something out of nothing. Abraham knew this IS the kind of God we serve. Paul continued,
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.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Romans 4:18-19
Hoping against hope, Abraham believed. He didn’t know how it would happen, but he knew when God says it, he does it. Facing the facts of your situation doesn’t have to diminish your faith. Obstacles are often opportunities for God to come through in a bigger way.
Yet he 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
Don’t waver in trusting God’s promises and goodness. As you fight fear with faith you will be strengthened and God will be glorified.
God’s has plenty of power to keep his promises. One of the best things you can do during this this time is to explore God’s promises like this one…
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
God’s purpose always prevails, and He is working everything out for your ultimate good and His ultimate glory. There are hundreds of other promises God has given of that can give you comfort and hope in dark times.
What promise will you cling to for hope today?