Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations. – Romans 4:18
Ever feel surrounded by hopelessness? Its dark cloud can come from many directions. It can come from the condition of your finances. It can come from your workplace. It can come from your marriage, from your family or from your chronic bad health. It can come from bad memories you can’t shake. It can come from some sinful weakness that you’ve been battling for years. From wherever your sense of hopelessness rises, the devil loves to take it and spread it over you like so much tar. His goal, of course, is to smother you.
A similar kind of hopelessness surrounded an Old Testament believer by the name of Abraham. God had promised Abraham that he and his wife would give birth to a son, and that through his son’s family the Savior of the world would one day arrive. The problem was that Abraham was about 100 years old, and his wife was about 90. Human perception alone told them that the possibility of a son was simply hopeless.
But Abraham pierced the hopelessness by trusting his Lord’s promise. The rest is history. The son came. The son’s descendants grew into a great nation. And from that nation the Savior of the world was born. Abraham pierced the hopelessness not because of the strength of his character. Abraham pierced the hopelessness because of the strength of God’s promise.
You can do the same. Beyond your perceptions of hopelessness are the sure promises of God. These promises come from the same One who has washed your sins away in his blood, who has covered you in his perfection, who has claimed you as his own by the power of his word—the good news of salvation. His promises are vibrant. They are unbreakable. And they are real.
And so confront your sense of hopelessness. Face it. Pierce it. After all, you possess the strength of God’s promises to you.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, when the devil tries to surround me with hopelessness, empower me by your gospel to pierce it. Because at the end of the day, your promises are real, and my hopelessness is not. Amen.