Contrary to Hope

Abraham…the father of us all…believed God who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed” (Romans 4:16-18).

The laws which govern our natural world are the same today as they were 4,000 years ago in Abraham’s day. Therefore, a barren woman who has reached menopause will never by natural law conceive and bear a child. Four millennia of scientific data on this is overwhelming and conclusive.

Yet, contrary to all the scientific evidence and all “common sense”, Abraham believed God when he was told he would be the father of many nations. Abraham believed God and His word, not the scientists of his or our day. Because God had spoken on this matter, Abraham’s faith was not a matter of presumption. His faith was generated in the only way authorized in Scripture—by hearing God’s word (Romans 10:17).

Anyone living today who believes the words of a “scientist” instead of the omniscient Creator of science will never walk in the steps of the faith which Abraham had.

Regardless of what “science” says, God created the universe in six days, with an evening and a morning. He did not use evolution or billions of years.

Regardless of what “science” says, God created heterosexual marriage—one man and one woman for life. He did not create polygamy, polyandry, “throuples”, or homosexual “marriages”.

Regardless of what “science” says, a virgin named Mary conceived in her womb. Jesus was her firstborn (Matthew 1:25); he was Joseph’s stepson, not his biological son (Luke 3:23).

Abraham’s tenacious trust in God’s word and promises defied all “conventional wisdom” and scientific data. His faith in the Giver of natural law was greater than his faith in the law itself; therefore, he “contrary to hope, in hope believed”.

It is this kind of faith which pleases God and is essential to being justified.

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Author: jchowning

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