Finding Hope in Hopelessness!

20 Mar

One hundred.

An age that most of us don’t even anticipate celebrating.

But if we’re blessed with a century, we can be certain we won’t expect to be expecting in that season of life.

Diapers. Midnight feedings. Crying newborns.

All things that should be very distant memories by the time we blow out the candles on our one hundredth birthday cake.

But not for Abraham.

As he approached this milestone, his heart ached for just that. He longed for the son that had been promised years earlier. The son that would make him “the father of many nations.” (Gen. 17:5) His arms and his dear wife’s womb remained empty.

How was he supposed to be “exceeding fruitful” (Gen. 17:6) when he was still childless at an age when childbearing was very much a thing of the past?

We can be sure that his broken heart was feeling  just about as empty as his arms and Sarah’s womb. The only thing filling the emptiness was the sinking feeling of hopelessness.

Yet when hope began to fade into hopelessness, he was “fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was also able to perform.” (Romans 4:21)

Days. Months. Years. Still no baby. No fulfilling of the promise.

But aging Abrahem continued to hope in his Jehovah Jireh. He knew his God would provide even though every outward sign said He had forgotten about him.

Still he “against hope believed in hope.” (Romans 4:18) He continued to have faith. And not just any faith, but “strong” faith, faith that “staggered not at the promise of God” (Romans 4:21) though his Provider delayed His provision.

He found hope in hopelessness as he “believed (the) God” he had left his homeland, his family and all he’d ever known to follow.

And we too can find hope in the most hopeless of situations.

Whether it’s a baby we’re waiting on, a spouse, an open door of ministry, a new season of life, He is still the same God He was then.

He still delights in giving His children the ability to hope, in blessing them with their deepest desires in His perfect timing.

For “the Lord did…as He had spoken” (Gen. 21:1) for this elderly couple.

And he fully intends to do the same for you!

Though hopelessness at times brought tears, frustration to the point of attempting to achieve children on their own, and even laughter, “Isaac was born.” (Gen. 21:5)

And He will give you your Isaac in His time and in His way.

Know that I’m praying for you, sweet friends, as you find hope in Jesus for the fulfilling of the promise you long to see accomplished!

Will you pray for me, as well?

“Hope in Jesus is not a matter of IF He will, but a matter of WHEN He will!”

~Daniel Hodge 

(also known as “Babe!” to yours truly! Great message today, my Love!) 🙂

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