• By Rev. Joseph A. Bias

Hoping Against Hope


“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.” Romans 4:18

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.” Romans 15:13

“Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us..” Romans 5:1-5

Hope is the joy-motivating expectation of a desired result to come at some point in the future. Hope is different from wishful thinking in this way. Hope is based on something either said, or experienced in the past from a trusted source or absolute authority. There is no greater authority than God and no more trusted source than His Word. Hope in the promises of God is hope based on the integrity of God. God not only does not lie, the Word tells us He cannot lie. [Titus 1:2] It is not in His nature to lie. Lying cannot be found in Him, neither deception, nor deceit, false witness nor any such works of the devil.

So, our hope is secure in God’s Word. We can act on it with confidence knowing that hope in it will never be disappointed.

When the world around us is so steeped in conflict, irrational, wanton violence and destruction, contradictions, hatreds, godlessness, distain for truth and defense of liars, a reckless disregard for the law and a celebration of murder, immorality, the mocking of righteousness and the corruption of justice for the sake of money and fleeting political power, when all seems to be hurtling toward a precipice of annihilation, we who have put our faith in God through Jesus Christ our Lord can still rest in hope, unmoved and unwavering in our expectation that God will not leave us or forsake us even to the ends of the world. Our hope, even in this present age will not be disappointed because we look not at the things that are seen but at the things that are unseen, the things that are eternal. [2 Corinthians 4:17-18]

Now this does not mean that we just sit idly by and watch the destruction come upon us. No. We have a responsibility to stand in the gap and intercede for the world of sinners, the lost, the children of darkness who have not seen or have even rejected the light of the truth of God’s Word. As long as we have breath we must not fail to be a force for hope and for the proclamation of the Gospel to everyone with whom we have the possibility of speaking the truth in love.

We must not allow ourselves to succumb to the subtle seduction of anger, malice, bitterness and clamor going on around us. We must not lend our voices to the den of prurient, base and vile rhetoric that seeks to shout louder and louder to mute the voices of reason and rational thought.

We, by the power of the Holy Spirit, can and must preserve ourselves in steadfast, confident assurance that God is for us and with us. When we pray we make the difference in the world. We are God’s hands, His feet, His voice to this generation.

In prayer we fight the good fight of faith and we push back the evil works of darkness, we confound the plans of the enemy and we bring hope from the hope in us to shine as light for those groping in the darkness of the prince of this world, because greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world.

Nothing is beyond the scope of God’s power to make it right, the economy, the government, the social condition, the state of international affairs, the education of our children and most of all the wellbeing of those who are called by the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. We can be agents for change to bring all things into order under the authority and worship of God. Without prayer things will only continue on their course of ruin and wreckage.

Hope in God is ours to have and to give. When all may seem lost, there is still hope. Abraham understood this and acted on it when there was no outward evidence to support it. It was purely a matter of faith in God’s Word despite the evidence to the contrary and ultimately that faith, that hope was rewarded. He produced a son, Isaac, of his own seed when he was 100 years old, [Genesis 21:5] well beyond the years of child bearing.

We have the same hope to believe God for the things that seem impossible in our lives. Hope in the Lord.

“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” Psalm 42:5

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