Here is a great blog and devotion from world-renowned Orthopedic Surgeon Dr. Lany L. Johnson:
It is not uncommon to lose hope in any given situation or issue in life. Hopelessness will lead to despair and then on to desperation. This scenario is likely the cause of anti-social behavior; i.e. robbery, assault, murder, suicide, etc.
We need to learn from Abraham on how he had a promise of God but did not think it possible considering the facts and could not be criticized for losing hope. The Word has the solution as one might expect. However, at that moment, not sometime later, Abraham took action. He “hoped against the lost hope”. He fought back against the likely onset of hopelessness.
Abraham had the promise of God that he was to be a father of a child that would change the world as he knew it. A big promise at any age, but really unlikely at 100 years and wife likewise.
Romans 4:18-21 King James Version (KJV)
18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.
19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb:
20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God;
21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
The solution is to be able to create a hope beyond what one would naturally be able to hope for based upon the facts. Abraham based his hope against no hope upon the promises of God. I like the wording, “he staggered not at the promise of God”. Clearly the promise was overwhelming, but it was not going to impede his walking forward without hesitation or “staggering”. He decided, although certainly without existing evidence to believe, while at the same time giving glory to God for what had yet to materialize. This is the “calling those things that are not as though they were” as in the preceding verse 17; “…even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.” Note this is the way God Himself does it. This is the speaking aloud which is necessary for the definition of “calling” of that which was promised from God to you specifically and that which you were willing to agree with. The “agreeing with” is the first act of faith which then is followed by the second act of faith; taking action according to and in line with what was promised.
This is not ignoring the making of evidence-based decisions. Evidence is very important, especially in medicine. Abraham had no natural evidence of even the likelihood of possibility. He only had the Word and promise of God. I laugh at myself as I often think that God’s promise is not enough.
Where did Abraham get the evidence? This may be a mystery to some who have not experienced such, but Abraham got the evidence from faith. In Hebrews 1:1 it is stated, “Now faith is the evidence of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Imagine that! Faith creates evidence. To repeat, “faith is nothing more or nothing less than agreement with the Word and willingness to take action accordingly.” So, Abraham with the evidence walked it out to the tangible reality of the promise of God with Sarah, “the father of many peoples”.
Now back to our situation. What promises of God do I have? The promises are many and listed in the Word and Will of God. For starters look at Deuteronomy 28: 1-14. Then know that they are further confirmed in our relationship with Christ. Note the necessity of “in our relationship” wording. 2 Cor1:20: “For all the promises of God in Christ are yea, and in Christ Amen, unto the glory of God by us.” Note that the purpose is not solely for our benefit, but ultimately for the glory of God by the tangible reality expressed in and for us.
Goodbye despair and hello hopefulness.