Against Hope Believed in Hope

As we go through the Christian life, there is a trap that lies open waiting for us. It is a trap that wants to take out focus off God. A trap that wants to get us stuck in our own efforts. A trap that many fall into. It is a trap of self reliance.

At the end of Romans chapter four, Paul gives an account of  an event from the life of Abraham. Abraham’s life was drawing towards the end. The “prime of his youth” was past. But Abraham still did not have a son. An heir. A promise that had been given to him over twenty years ago had still not come to pass. And as Abraham and his wife drew close to being nearly a hundred years old, the chances of that promise being fulfilled were almost impossible.

Abraham fell into the trap of self reliance. He tried to take matters into his own hands. He tried to fix the problem in his own strength. But all of his efforts lead to nothing.

But then Abraham stepped back and remembered his God. He remembered that the God he served was a God of the impossible. A God  who did great things regardless of the odds. So he laid his own efforts aside, laid aside his own plans, and against hope began to believe in hope. The Bible says that “being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;” And the God of the impossible came through.  Abraham and Sarah had a son.

As I travel and work on deputation, I find it easy to fall into the self reliance trap. I make the phone calls, book the meetings, and form big elaborate plans. And then, when things come crashing down around me, I wonder why my plans didn’t work. The reason being that they were my plans. And on my own I can do nothing. I need the strength of the almighty, miracle working God in every area of my life, from ministry to family. It is through Him alone that we can stand.

As you go through life, I want you to ask yourself this question: “Who do I need in my life?” Yourself or God?

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