November 12, 2004

Hope

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. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples. God himself said to him, "You're going to have a big family, Abraham!".
--Romans 4:18


This verse encourages me this morning. It is so easy to be quickly swept up by cares of this life. Sometimes it feels like I'm trapped in a whirlwind, swirling round and round, and no matter how hard I struggle, scratch and claw to pull myself out of it, I just can't.

Hope is so easily lost. One small incidence can crumble away every ounce of hope we hold on to. Physical, tangible things are much easier to believe in. It's easier to trust in what you can see, feel, touch, taste. The hard part comes when you can't see your path, and you can't feel God's presence. But even when we don't feel Him, we can rest assured knowing that He is there with us.

Obstacles block our vision. Obstacles are illusions. They make us think we can't overcome them or find a way around them. They are mirages. If we only will trust in the promises God has already assured us, we can walk through anything at any time. The trick is believing in God more than false hinderances that stand in our way.

Today's Takeaway:
When nothing seems possible, when it seems like there's no way you can win, stop and remember what God said. He promised that He would never leave, nor forsake us. Center yourself in Christ and know that His hand is on this. Don't believe in what you see you can't do, but rather in what you know God can do!!