One of my favorite stories in the Bible -- among many -- is the story of Abraham coming to that point in life that screamed loudly, "God's promise to me will not be realized."
God's promise to Abraham was that he would become the father of many nations, necessitating, of course, he would have a son.
Abraham and his wife, Sarah, had grown old waiting for the realized promise. Now, old age was dictating the improbability of such an event happening. And, frankly, I don't think one of us reading this article hasn't choked in unbelief pertaining to God's promise to us.
Yet, the example of Abraham at this moment of time in his life is a radical example of being steadfast in trusting God's Word (promise) in the very presence of circumstances that screamed to his senses, "This isn't going to happen."
Look at this passage of Scripture: "That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, 'I have made you the father of many nations.' This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing. Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping -- believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, 'That's how many descendants you will have!' And Abraham's faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead -- and so was Sarah's womb." (Romans 4:17-19, New Living Translation)
Abraham had received God's promise of a son when he and Sarah were "well advanced in age and Sarah had passed the age of childbearing," and the thought of having a baby caused Sarah to laugh. Sometimes the promise of God to us will cause a nervous chuckle simply because we have lost hope in that promise because of circumstances that say just the opposite.
Did you know God watches over his word to perform it in our lives? He is simply looking for someone to take him at his word.
Abraham came to that very place in his life where he determined to hope (be fully expectant) in God's promise ... in spite of the circumstances, which for him was old age and for Sarah old age and being passed the age of childbearing.
"Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping." God's word teaches us God gives each of us the measure of faith, and "faith gives substance to things hoped for!" (Hebrews 11:1)
When you find yourself in a difficult situation, remind yourself of the promise of God, which always produces hope, and put your faith and confidence in him -- that what he has promised, he will do.
Blessings on you.
Pastor Wes Oakley is from Westview Church, Hays, and president of the Ellis County Ministerial Alliance.