Against all hope Abraham in hope believed
Excuse me…did you just read that? Abraham’s situation is hopeless. There is no solution. It cannot be fixed. The situation is desperate, awful terrible, appalling, futile. It is against this backdrop that Abraham in hope believed. He looked at his circumstances and he looked at what God said. He had a word from the lord that cut through despair and despondency that his circumstances would otherwise have given him. That’s the power of a promise. And if we backup a few verses we see Paul describing the Father as Abraham saw him, the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. This is somewhat difficult for me to get my head around. God calls things that are not as though they were! In other translations it says that the Father calls things that don’t exist as though they did, He calls into being that which does not exist.
Maybe pause and think about this for a moment.
There is something that doesn’t exist.
God says it does.
Now it exists.
And when we look at that in light of Abraham. Abraham has a situation that was impossible, but he knew the Father as one who, if he says it can be done, then it can be done. He believed the Father who calls things that are not as though they were, that if he says it exists then that is a greater reality than our natural perception. This is where we need to remember that we are firstly spiritual beings. It is the fall that has messed up the order and allowed us to be ruled by our flesh and be dictated to by the natural and material world around us. In the Spirit there are different rules and as believers we need to acknowledge that for us to access the fullness of who we are meant to be.
This is not a promise that your problems get fixed. But it is a statement of a spiritual reality. If we have word from the Lord, a promise from Him. Then that overrides whatever natural circumstances we might face. If your promise is that you will be healed and the doctors are saying that you are going to die, then the word of the Lord is greater. You can choose who you believe, and it does make a difference! Abraham against all hope believed and was fully persuaded that God had power to do what He said He was going to do.