Sunday, March 1

Against all Hope

Read: Romans 4:13-25

"For the promise that he would inherit the world did not come to Abraham or to his descendants through the law but through the righteousness of faith."
- Romans 4:13-25

Christians are people of hope. We must be. God has called us to be people of faith and hope. This passage reminds us that we are not, or should not be, people of the law, but rather people of faith and hope.

The text says that “laws bring wrath.” Indeed, the breaking of laws bring punishments. Parents who try to bring up children solely based on rules and punishments are usually disappointed with the results. Children need love – they need people around them who have faith and hope in their potential goodness.

Abraham had hope against all hope. Abraham and Sarah were beyond childbearing years. They couldn’t realistically have a child. But they had hope against all hope and God rewarded their faith and hope.

As people of hope, we must also believe that we can do better in sharing wealth in the nation and addressing the glaring problems of injustice and inequity before us. We may not see a clear path forward, especially in light of how polarized we are as a nation, but we must have hope that change can happen.

By Kim Bobo, Founding Director

Pray aloud:Oh God of hope, give me faith and hope for my family and my church. Give me hope, against all hope, that we can transform our nation and our world to ones in which all people are treated with respect and dignity.

“ Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness." Archbishop Desmond Tutu

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