“Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!””
Romans 4:18 NLT
There is a group of people in the black community called the “abandoned.” This group of people are those that feel that the American Dream is out of their reach and that the middle class has abandoned them. They’ve lost all hope of ever getting out of poverty. What does that look like to lose all hope?
I grew up poor in rural Kentucky. I really didn’t know how poor we were until I became an adult. As a child I always saw better for myself. My mother exposed us to better whether it was our weekly trip to the library, extracurricular activities, summer camp, or vacation bible school; we had hope instilled in us at an early age.
- You have to have a vision. Where there is no vision or hope for a better future the people perish. God gave Abraham a personal vision that was linked to a corporate vision for his people.
- You have to have hope. Hope is believing that things are going to get better. We have to engage our prefrontal cortex by imagining a future beyond our present situation. When we can see it we can do it.
- You have to keep hoping even when there’s no reason to hope. Abraham was told by God that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars in the sky. He had no children. He was 100 years old. His wife had passed menopause. It appeared to be a hopeless situation. But to his credit, Abraham kept on hoping even when he had no reason to hope. It was credited to him as righteousness!
There are times when we find ourselves in hopeless situations that require us to keep on hoping! It doesn’t make sense but because God said it, because I’ve gotten a glimpse of better, I’m going to keep hoping!
See yourself better! No matter what it looks like just keep hoping and God will meet your expectation on the other side of this!
Don’t let me give up on hope that’s been deferred. I know you spoke to me and it will come to pass!! I believe that I will live to see the goodness of you in my lifetime. Thank you for Jesus whose grace has given me undeserved privilege. Once you’ve blessed me help me to reach back to the abandoned so they too can put their hope in you.
In Jesus’ Name,