16 “Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace, so that the promise might be sure to all the seed, not only to those who are of the law, but also to those who are of the faith of Abraham, who is the father of us all 17 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed—God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; 18 who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” 19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”” Romans 4:16-22 NKJV
What is Hope?
Hope - Pronounced el-pece': from a primary ἔλπω (to anticipate, usually with pleasure); expectation (abstractly or concretely) or confidence:--faith, hope.
Abraham and Sarah’s backs were against the wall. 24 years had passed since they received a PROMISE from God regarding a child he would give them as the first in fulfillment of the prophetic word He spoke to Abram regarding how He would use him. Abram was 75 years old
1 “Now the LORD had said to Abram: “Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. 2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, And I will curse him who curses you; And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”” Genesis 12:1-3 NKJV
God’s Covenant with Abraham Enacted (Abram 85 years old)
1 “After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” 2 But Abram said, “Lord GOD, what will You give me, seeing I go childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 Then Abram said, “Look, You have given me no offspring; indeed one born in my house is my heir!” 4 And behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, “This one shall not be your heir, but one who will come from your own body shall be your heir.” 5 Then He brought him outside and said, “Look now toward heaven, and count the stars if you are able to number them.” And He said to him, “So shall your descendants be.” 6 And he believed in the LORD, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.” Genesis 15:1-6 NKJV
Abraham again receives the promise with a specific time of manifestation. He was now 99 years old.
1 “When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am Almighty God; walk before Me and be blameless.
21 But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.”
24 Abraham was ninety-nine years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin. 25 And Ishmael his son was thirteen years old when he was circumcised in the flesh of his foreskin.”
Genesis 17:1, 21, 24-25 NKJV
Abraham and Sarah LAUGHED a5 the possibility of being able to have their own child at their ages (100 and 90)
But the BIBLE says they HOPED contrary to HOPE.
who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, NKJV
“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—NLT
When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. MSG
“[For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith AMPC
HOPE is mentioned as one of the three main virtues essential to the Christian faith.
“And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love.” I Corinthians 13:13 NKJV
What is the purpose of the virtue called HOPE?
“This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the Presence behind the veil,” Hebrews 6:19 NKJV
- Anchors keep you from drifting
- Anchors keep you in the vicinity of where you are supposed to be (in faith instead of doubt, in belief instead of unbelief, in expectation instead of dread)
- Anchors go deeper than you can and hold stronger than you can
What should you do if your HOPE is challenged? What should you do when despair and hopelessness arises in your heart?
- Talk to your SOUL and REMIND yourself of His present help for you.
“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him For the help of His countenance.”
Psalms 42:5 NKJV
- REMIND yourself of how much God loves you and allow that love to fill your heart for yourself and others
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5 NKJV
- REMIND yourself of the benefits of believing God
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 NKJV