“When everything was hopeless, Abraham believed anyway, deciding to live not on the basis of what he saw he couldn’t do but on what God said he would do. And so he was made father of a multitude of peoples, God himself said to him, “You’re going to have a big family, Abraham!” Romans 4:18 The Message

When everything is “hopeless” is that place or moment in your life when you need God. It’s looks different in everyone, but hopelessness is exactly the same. Abraham faced his hopelessness regarding the future of his family. He chose to believe what God promised against what he couldn’t do himself. That is a very real place and moment in a man or woman’s life. Will God keep his word? One path was based on God’s promise. The other was based on himself. And he already knew what life in himself offered. It takes us .. each of us .. a span of time to come to grips with who we are going to trust with our lives. Sometimes you may try to combine both .. just in case one of you doesn’t come through. There is no greater statement of Hope than Jesus Christ. His life breaks all the lies of hopelessness. And rather than leave you alone to figure it out on your own, God “pours” .. beyond measure .. beyond any common sense .. beyond all the calculations of your mind .. He pours his Holy Spirit into your life. You share in the very same hope that Abraham trusted. You can’t make it up because it won’t sustain you. The hope that God pours into your life is through his Son. He pours in love .. not guarded .. not measured .. nor suspiciously. It’s Christ’s life that defines the day before you. You don’t look into this day based on what you have to offer. You look into this day with what God has to offer you .. and in truth has already offered you freely. It’s hard to accept such hope as a gift simply by believing. You feel like you have to do “something” to earn it or prove that God can trust you with such a gift. You can’t! The hardest action of freedom is that moment of believing. In Christ .. it only takes a moment …

“and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” Romans 5:5 New American Standard

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent M-F to Hope-shaped followers of Jesus and friends of Priority One (kchesterp1@gmail.com)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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