The Hopeful Reformers Room

Corner 3-

Hope Against Hope

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Jesus shows how to have Hope against hope. Hope in the midst of challenges. When the promises of God seem like they fail to come to pass, our hope is challenged. Hope against hope is the force that allows us to not lose heart and hope in God and His promises. Jesus gives us hope to confirm the new promises that always supersede and trump the original ones.
Romans 4:17,18 – As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our
father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and
calls into being things that were not. Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so
became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”
Hebrews 6:19 – We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.
Ps. 37:7-9 – Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people
succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger
and turn from wrath; do not fret —it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.
Prov. 23:18 – There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.
Hope against hope is where in the midst of challenges, pain and uncertainties we believe and proclaim the hopeful plan and promises of our Promise Keeper Father. When our fissures and fractures bark and howl at us relentlessly our hopes become deferred, yet in the midst of the storm we know that we have this hope that is an anchor for our soul.



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