Optimist or Pessimist
Romans 4:18 “Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping–believing that he would become the father of many nations…”
Abraham was an optimist. He was over 100 years old. His wife Sarah was close behind him. They both were well beyond their child bearing days. But, God had made a promise to Abraham and Abraham kept his hope in that promise.
Commenting on this passage, William Barclay said this,
“So long as we believe that everything depends on our efforts, we are bound to be pessimists, for experience has taught the grim lesson that our own efforts can achieve very little. When we realize that it is not our effort but God’s grace and power which matter, then we become optimists, because we are bound to believe that with God nothing is impossible.”
I got a letter from a family member who is preparing for a mission trip. In the letter he made the statement: “We all have a dream he gives us at birth sometimes it takes 38 years to remember what it was.”
In our pessimism it is easy to forget God’s grace and power. But, The truly dangerous lives remember and hold desperately onto God’s unfailing grace and power.
Are you an optimist or pessimist?