Richard Roberts

Have you ever had a problem that seemed so impossible you couldn’t think about anything else? That’s our human tendency, but God has a better plan. He wants us to glance at the problem, then quickly focus on His promises. That’s what Abraham did when God told him that he and Sarah were to have a son. Romans 4:18 says that Abraham 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.

This verse speaks of both the problem and the promise. It speaks of hope in the middle of a situation that looked hopeless. Even though Abraham was 100 years old and his wife was 90, Abraham had hope and faith that they would have a son as God promised.

There are two impossibilities here. First, it is humanly impossible for a man and a woman of Abraham and Sarah’s ages to have a baby; second, Abraham believed in divine hope … that God would bring about a miracle. He did not deny the problem existed…he just refused to focus on it. He glanced at the problem, then immediately focused on the promise God had made to him. And because Abraham had the faith to focus on the promise, God was able to perform the miracle.

Faith is rooted in the promises of God, and without a promise to stand on, it is literally impossible to have faith. So if you have a problem that seems hopeless, admit that your problem exists. Then immediately take your eyes off your problem and focus on what God’s Word says. You can believe it because the Bible says He cannot lie.