“In hope against hope he believed, so that he might become a father of many nations according to that which had been spoken, ‘So shall your descendants be’” (Romans 4:18).
What is more telling than a confession of faith is whether or not that faith is producing a hope evident in one’s views and perspectives on the future. Listen to the conversational musings or read the social media posts of professing Christian’s, and you discover that, for many, their true hope is in the next election, the next Supreme Court appointment, the stock market, or any other measuring device they have deemed critical to the sustainment of the life they have built, desire to keep, and not lose. Paul’s reference to the father of faith, Abraham, points us to a hope that stands in defiance to any human calculation. Our hope is not conditioned by present tense problems but clings to the yet unrealized promises of God.