I am seeing this chapter with new eyes.
Romans 4 reminds us of an incredibly old story, a story from the very beginning of the Bible in the book of Genesis.
Abraham and Sarah
They had a promise from God. The promise of a son. Of a nation of people that would come from that son.
They were old. Abraham was 100 and Sarah was 90. That is old! Too old to have children and too old to even imagine beginning a family that would produce untold numbers of offspring.
But, they held a promise from God deep in their hearts.
Romans 4:18 tells us that “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed…” He believed against all odds. Right in the face of the hard facts of life. In spite of his circumstances, Abraham had HOPE.
Even though they were old, in verses 20-21, we see that 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.”
Read that verse again!
- did NOT waver (verse 19 says, “without weakening of his faith)
- was strengthened in his faith
- gave glory to God
- was fully persuaded that God was powerful enough to fulfill His promise
Because of his faith, God delivered. He came through and gave them a son.
They had a son named Isaac through whom a nation was born.
In God’s own way and timing, He fulfilled his promise to Abraham.
What are you going through right now that requires that kind of hope in the face of all the odds against you? What has God promised that you are still waiting to see Him fulfill? What prayers are yet unanswered? What dreams are yet unrealized? What time is still unredeemed? What hope are you still hoping for?
Can you, like Abraham say
- that you will not waver
- that you are being strengthened in your faith
- that you are giving glory to God
- that you are fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He has promised to do
Against all hope, remember that Abraham hoped. Against all hope, remember that God is faithful and He always fulfills His word.
Have you ever seen God move against all hope? Are you praying for something right now against all hope?