Sunday, August 2, 2015

Realistically Speaking

Optimism and Pessimism

What do you consider yourself?
Are you an Optimist?
Or, maybe you lean more towards being a Pessimist (life often stinks right?)

Do you see the glass as half empty or half full?

As I was reading in Romans today, a passage of scripture stood out to me.

 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.”19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God,21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
Romans 4:18-21

The first thing I thought of was, Abraham was a Realist!
He was not just being optimistic, and in his situation he could have been very pessimistic (seriously, who, has a baby at 100 years of age?)  But he chose faith based reality - the situation was impossible, YES, but He also knew God and what God was capable of.  The same thing happens later on when Abraham is asked to sacrifice Isaac. 

This gives us a whole new perspective as Christians. We shouldn't be trying to "make everything alright" or act like "it's just going to be ok". But we also shouldn't be pessimistic and afraid to live our lives because "the sky is falling".

Look to Jesus who is our Hope!! Whether you are going through something difficult today, or maybe you are having a good day, be realistic! God is in control of the world and each situation you may be facing. He is with you on the good days and the bad! Trust Him and be like Abraham - Against all hope -  Believe! Don't waver in your faith, but give glory to God and know that He has the power to do as He has promised! We are on the winning team!! 

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