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Certain hope in uncertain times

Written by Pastor Mark Stone on .

As a nation there is a lot of uncertainty in the air – the Brexit negotiations are making people nervous, the outcome of the elections have left the government without a clear majority, people are nervous and uncertain about the future.

We also face the everyday uncertainties of jobs, health, relationships. The hopes and dreams we have for the future are rarely certain. Yet, even in these days of uncertainty, it is possible to have a certain hope. A hope that we can hold on to and that holds onto us!

Hebrews 6:19 says, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure". It’s a hope available to all of us. In the first book of the Bible (Genesis) we read about Abraham and Sarah. Long ago God told them that through their descendants all the nations would be blessed (Genesis 12:1-4). This childless couple would have a child and many descendants – as many as the stars in the sky if one could count them (Genesis 15:5). Yet years went by and Sarah (Sarai at that time) and Abraham (Abram at that time) had no children. You can imagine them starting to lose hope, wondering if God was really going to keep His promise. Sarah was now well past the normal age for having children. What should they do? After 11 years they feared they would miss the opportunity altogether and decided to use a surrogate, Sarah’s servant girl, Hagar. But when it comes to trusting God, taking shortcuts

In the first book of the Bible (Genesis) we read about Abraham and Sarah. Long ago God told them that through their descendants all the nations would be blessed (Genesis 12:1-4). This childless couple would have a child and many descendants – as many as the stars in the sky if one could count them (Genesis 15:5). Yet years went by and Sarah (Sarai at that time) and Abraham (Abram at that time) had no children. You can imagine them starting to lose hope, wondering if God was really going to keep His promise. Sarah was now well past the normal age for having children. What should they do? After 11 years they feared they would miss the opportunity altogether and decided to use a surrogate, Sarah’s servant girl, Hagar. But when it comes to trusting God, taking shortcuts

After 11 years they feared they would miss the opportunity altogether and decided to use a surrogate, Sarah’s servant girl, Hagar. But when it comes to trusting God, taking shortcuts doesn’t get you there any quicker, and it created more problems than solutions! Eventually after waiting another 13 years, finally God reminded them of His promise. He hadn’t forgotten. God gave them what they were waiting for, a son and heir! Isaac was born. God had kept His promise. Life is full of uncertainties. We often wonder what God is doing. Like Abraham and Sarah we think about taking shortcuts, taking the matter into our own hands, but like waiting for any child to be born, there is a time of waiting that cannot be sped up. Just as nature must take its course, so trusting God has a course of its own. When the time is right, God will do what He promised. His word is sure. It can be trusted because He can be trusted. Looking back on this story, the writer of Hebrews is able to say that God has proved Himself faithful. God holds Himself to His word. “When God made his promise to

Eventually after waiting another 13 years, finally God reminded them of His promise. He hadn’t forgotten. God gave them what they were waiting for, a son and heir! Isaac was born. God had kept His promise. Life is full of uncertainties. We often wonder what God is doing. Like Abraham and Sarah we think about taking shortcuts, taking the matter into our own hands, but like waiting for any child to be born, there is a time of waiting that cannot be sped up. Just as nature must take its course, so trusting God has a course of its own. When the time is right, God will do what He promised. His word is sure. It can be trusted because He can be trusted. Looking back on this story, the writer of Hebrews is able to say that God has proved Himself faithful. God holds Himself to His word. “When God made his promise to

Life is full of uncertainties. We often wonder what God is doing. Like Abraham and Sarah we think about taking shortcuts, taking the matter into our own hands, but like waiting for any child to be born, there is a time of waiting that cannot be sped up. Just as nature must take its course, so trusting God has a course of its own. When the time is right, God will do what He promised. His word is sure. It can be trusted because He can be trusted. 

Looking back on this story, the writer of Hebrews is able to say that God has proved Himself faithful. God holds Himself to His word. “When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, ‘I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.’" Abraham believed God, trusted Him and His word as certain. In the end, both he and Sarah saw God

Abraham believed God, trusted Him and His word as certain. In the end, both he and Sarah saw God fulfil it. “And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised". There are things God has promised each of us that need to take their own course in our lives. For example, God has promised, “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). In the end, all things will work for our good. Yet, this promise may take a lifetime for us to see HOW He will do that. We may even have to wait for heaven itself to see the ways God has woven together the events of our lives for our good and His purpose. In the meantime, we have to let it take its course and trust that God will do what He promised, patiently trusting Him. Letting God Himself and His promises

There are things God has promised each of us that need to take their own course in our lives. For example, God has promised, “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). In the end, all things will work for our good. Yet, this promise may take a lifetime for us to see HOW He will do that. We may even have to wait for heaven itself to see the ways God has woven together the events of our lives for our good and His purpose. In the meantime, we have to let it take its course and trust that God will do what He promised, patiently trusting Him. Letting God Himself and His promises be our certain hope.

The writer of Hebrews concludes "We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure".

You might feel like Abraham and Sarah: waiting for something to happen, uncertain about the future, wondering when God will answer your prayer the way you want Him to. But let me encourage you that you can always rely on God’s promises. They will take a course of their own, but they will complete their purpose. If we keep trusting, they will be for us, and God behind them, an anchor for us, a certain hope in times of uncertainty.

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