Who Against Hope Believed in Hope

june30-july1.12 monterey 014It’s summertime warm where I live.
this is where I’d rather be.

Romans 4:16, 18-24
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace;
to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed;
not to that only which is of the law,
but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham;
who is the father of us all,

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.
And 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 being fully persuaded that,
what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
Now it was not written for his sake alone,
that it was imputed to him;
But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed,
if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead;

We shall never forget a remark that George Mueller once made to a gentleman who had asked him the best way to have strong faith.

“The only way,” replied the patriarch of faith, “to learn strong faith is to endure great trials. I have learned my faith by standing firm amid severe testings.” This is very true. The time to trust is when all else fails.

Dear one, you scarcely realize the value of your present opportunity; if you are passing through great afflictions you are in the very soul of the strongest faith, and if you will only let go, He will teach you in these hours the mightiest hold upon His throne which you can ever know.

“Be not afraid, only believe.” And if you are afraid, just look up and say, “What time I am afraid I will trust in thee,” and you will yet thank God for the school of sorrow which was to you the school of faith.
–A. B. Simpson

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