“against all hope, Abraham in hope believed”

I don’t know how many times I will end up quoting from “Streams in the Desert” by L.B. Cowman but everyday the words in this great daily devotional are just what I need to hear in dealing with what I’m going through. I’m thankful for the encouragement.

I’ve been thinking/reflecting/meditating a lot on God doing the “impossible.” I feel like there are a lot of seemingly “impossible” things that I’d like to see come to pass in my life as well as in the lives of those around me. I don’t know if they will come to pass or not but I am praying and trying to trust God for these things.

In the meanwhile, let me quote again from “Streams in the Desert” (November 10):

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

“Abraham’s faith seemed to be in complete agreement with the power and constant faithfulness of Jehovah. By looking at the outer circumstances in which he was placed, he had no reason to expect the fulfillment of God’s promise. Yet he believed the Word of the Lord and looked forward to the time when his descendants would be “as numerous as the stars in the sky” (Gen. 26:4).

“Dear soul, you have not been given only one promise, like Abraham, but a thousand promises. And you have been given the example of many faithful believers as a pattern for your life. Therefore it is simply to your advantage to rely with confidence upon the Word of God. And although He may delay in sending His help, and the evil you are experiencing may seem to become worse and worse, do not be weak. Instead, be strong and rejoice, for God usually steps forward to save us when we least expect it, fulfilling His most glorious promises in a miraculous way.

“He generally waits to send His help until the time of our greatest need, so that His hand will be plainly seen in our deliverance. He chooses this method so we will not trust anything that we may see or feel, as we are so prone to do, but will place our trust solely on His Word – which we may always depend upon, no matter our circumstance. C.H. Von Bogatzky

“Remember, the very time for faith to work is when our sight begins to fail. And the greater the difficulties, the easier it is for faith to work, for as long as we can see certain natural solutions to our problems, we will not have faith. Faith never works as easily as when our natural prospects fail. George Mueller

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