Hope Room Corner #3 – Hope Against Hope

Jesus shows how to have Hope against hope. Hope in the midst of challenges. When the promises of God seem like they fail to come to pass, our hope is challenged. Hope against hope is the force that allows us to not lose heart and hope in God and His promises. Jesus gives us hope to confirm the new promises that always supersede and trump the original ones.

Romans 4:17,18 – As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” He is our

father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and

calls into being things that were not. Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so

became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”

Hebrews 6:19 – We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.

Ps. 37:7-9 – Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people

succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. Refrain from anger

and turn from wrath; do not fret —it leads only to evil. For those who are evil will be destroyed, but those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land.

Prov. 23:18 – There is surely a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.

Hope against hope is where in the midst of challenges, pain and uncertainties we believe and proclaim the hopeful plan and promises of our Promise Keeper Father. When our fissures and fractures bark and howl at us relentlessly our hopes become deferred, yet in the midst of the storm we know that we have this hope that is an anchor for our soul.

Hope Against Hope – Craig's Testimony

I’d like to share with you about a time in where God met me in an incredible way, it was a time about 24 years ago. I didn’t have the language at that time of Hope, but I sure experienced it in a very real and personal way. It was about our 10th year of marriage and we had 2 boys, a house, 2 cars and a dog and I was Pastoring at a small church. From the outside it looked like we had everything together and we were the perfect “Christian couple,” but that soon began to unravel. We hit a wall and we both began to go down that road of divorce. The process of restoration and seeing God’s face as the Redeemer of our marriage was awesome but that is not what I want to share, that’s for another time. The church I was Pastoring was small and could not support us full-time so I got a part time job with Braniff airlines, I got to say it was a God send for me and our family, not just for the free travel but God setting me up to begin to “Hope against hope.” Pam and I were at a very critical place in our marriage, it could have exploded at any time. Here is where God began to reveal himself as the promise keeper, the promises he had for Pam and I, and to learn to Hope against Hope no matter what I was seeing with my natural eyes. The last flight coming into Tulsa for the evening was around 9:00pm, my job was to clean the plane and get it ready for the first flight in the morning. I would use this time to cry out to the Lord (most of the time it was uncontrollable crying). Many nights as I cleaned the plane I would just weep and bemoan my situation and beg and plead with the Father to “fix it.” My view of the Father was not in line with who he says he is, but a warped view, so the Father began to take me through His hopeful view of Himself and our marriage. Scriptures like Jeremiah 29:11, I John 5:14, Luke 11:9-13, Ephesians 3:20, Jeremiah 6:16 were constantly on my lips as I would recount His promises for our marriage. Words on a page cannot adequately express the emotion, battle and warfare that was going on at that time. Something began to come alive in my Spirit, it wasn’t overnight but a gradual thing in me. I went from being a beggar to being a son, from despair to hope filled for our marriage. Now, in the natural it was a disaster and everything pointed to us becoming one of the “statistics” that we all read about in Christian couples. But every night I would proclaim his promises and see His face as the “promise keeper,” and my “Redeemer,” of my marriage. Again, nothing in the natural would have ever given me anything that I could hope for. On that Braniff airplane every night God revealed His face to me and taught me to “Hope against Hope,” in the midst of my fissures, fractures, insecurities and fears. One night as I was cleaning the plane I knew in my spirit that it was done! In the natural things still were still tense and tough, but in my spirit I knew God said, “it is done!” From that point on I knew God was moving on our behalf, the manifestation of reconciliation and healing in our marriage wasn’t seen for about another 8 or so months. I knew that those who put their hope in the Lord will never be put to shame, so I was standing on that rock that the Lord had put me on after pulling me out of that miry clay of shame, feeling worthless, defeated, hearing the mocking laughter of the enemy and even “Marvelous Comrades” abandoning us. My hope in Him was my sure foundation, it was the “anchor” when I thought I was going to just be taken out to sea and never to be seen again. I have to confess, many, many times I felt that rope of hope was going to break and He was going to let go of me; but it didn’t! So not in a stairway, but in a DC-9 God revealed himself to me and taught me how to “Hope against Hope,” to see Him as my Redeemer, Restorer and Healer and to hope in his promises when in the natural it says the opposite. And that “Hope against Hope,” helped fuel my “Hope for the Unseen.” My prayer for all of us is that the Father will continue to give us a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that we can know the “Great God of Hope,” more.

Blessings, Craig