• Keith Harris

Believing Against Hope


Abraham serves as a great example of one who was faithful to the call of God. He left his homeland and began a journey not knowing where God was leading. But he trusted in God and knew that God would take care of him. The Bible states that “Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness” (James 2:23).


In his letter to the Christians in Rome, Paul addressed the faith of Abraham and the hope he had because of God’s faithfulness. Paul wrote, “In hope he believed against hope, that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been told, ‘So shall your offspring be’” (Romans 4:18). In hope he believed against hope. What an amazing statement of faith and expectation.

Abraham’s faith in God and God’s faithfulness created within him an expectation that the things God promised would come to fruition. As seen in this passage, Abraham believed in hope that he would become the father of many nations.


We, too, ought to put our faith in God, believing that He is able to do all He promised. Our faith in God and God’s faithfulness ought to cause us to have the same kind of hope that Abraham had. The kind of eager expectation that, even in the face of incredible odds, we believe that God will fulfill His promises for us.

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