Hope! Just the sound of that word is uplifting and encouraging. The definition of hope is: the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best; to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence; to believe, desire or trust. Many times, we don’t actually have what we need in our possession but hope tells us that it is on its way and gets us through to tomorrow. Often our hope is placed in people – people we feel we can trust, that we can rely on, that won’t disappoint us or let us down. But all too often, our hope is misplaced. The Bible tells us that Abraham hoped against hope. Just what does that mean? It means that, even though the outcome for what he was expecting had little to no chance of happening, he continued to believe for it anyway. And the reason that Abraham could continue to hope against hope was because his hope was placed in what God said. When you put your hope in God, you will never be disappointed! If God said it, no matter what your circumstances look like, there’s hope! He makes the hopeless possible!
18 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!” 19 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. 20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. 22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. Romans 4:18-22 (NLT)