Test Of Hope
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.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
A few years ago a major news network from the country of Nicaragua reported on a story that some could call a miracle.
The country was experiencing large amounts of rainfall that was causing deadly mudslides. Frequently, the debris from the slides ended up in overflowing rivers and eventually carried into the Pacific Ocean. During one instance, a lady was caught up in a mudslide and swept into the river. She managed to hang onto a large tree that kept her afloat. She traveled downriver for many days with no food. On the seventh day, the river emptied into the ocean and the ocean current begun to pull her out to sea. Just then she was spotted by a ship and taken aboard. Even though she was exhausted, starved, dehydrated and almost dead, she told reporters, “I never gave up hope. I knew God would save me.”
Many would say that she survived beyond hope, when in fact she survived because of hope. The lady held on day after day because of the strong faith she had that God would save her. She had no doubts. Her faith gave her the strength she needed to cling to that tree, cling to life. And then on the seventh day God lifted her from an impending watery grave to the safety of dry ground.
God’s promise to save us is fulfilled in the life, death, and resurrection of his son, Jesus Christ. Trusting in God and placing faith in Jesus saves us from spiritual death, making available eternal life with God. This amazing gift brings great hope and hope provides us daily strength to overcome our struggles and tribulations, until our salvation is made complete.