“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed.” (Romans 4:18)

As I read this Scripture, it resounded in my soul: Against all hope,
Abraham in hope believed.

Talk about a hopeless set of circumstances. Abraham was about 100 years old, and his wife’s womb was dead (see Romans 4:20, 21). God had promised him a child and still no child came.

But Abraham, against all hope, in hope believed. God did deliver, in His time.

Circumstances, circumstances, circumstances -- all seem hopeless. But in hope believe.

Depression, mental illness, infidelity, divorce, addictions, finances, being alone, attacked, abandoned, scarred, beaten, and hopeless. In hope believe.

I believe in the power of God. I believe in the power of the Holy Spirit. I believe in the power of Jesus Christ.

I have witnessed miracles of great proportions. I remember speaking with a husband via e-mail regarding a horrible set of circumstances. His wife had left him for another man. He, too, against all hope, in hope believed. He was faithful in praying for and loving his wife. The pain he felt was unfathomable.

She was caught in a web of Satan’s deception, running from her fears and medicating with alcohol and prescription medications. God, through the love of this woman’s husband and the faithful prayers of many, brought her back home. She has been reconciled to God and her husband and, in hope believes.

I have witnessed the deliverance of a woman who had been depressed for 12 years and now walks free and full of the hope of Christ. I’ve witnessed prodigals coming home to the loving arms of parents who have faithfully prayed for years. I’ve witnessed passion restored to many marriages. God delivers.

The hope in Romans refers to the eternal hope of our salvation and in the author of hope, God.

There are no circumstances beyond His intervention: no marriage beyond reconciliation, no addiction that cannot be broken, no bitterness that cannot be forgiven, no broken heart that cannot be mended, no love that cannot be rekindled and no sickness that cannot be healed.

Nothing, absolutely nothing, is beyond God’s hand. We must in hope believe that He has the power to destroy the work of the enemy who seeks to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) Jesus says in the same verse, “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”