And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5
One of the things I love to write about in my devotions is the hope that God promises and then pours into all Christians. This is the message the Apostle Paul was relaying to the saints in Rome in today’s passage. He explains to them that this hope does not disappoint. Why? Because God has poured it into their hearts through the Holy Spirit which was given to them once they were justified through faith in Christ.
Scripture is filled with references to the hope God promises. Here are some of my favorite snippets:
- God’s plans are to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).
- Through endurance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we have hope (Romans 15:4).
- The God of hope fills us with all joy and peace so we may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit (Romans 15:13).
- We have this hope as a firm and secure anchor for all of life’s storms (Hebrews 6:19).
- Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we don’t see (Hebrews 11:1).
Where would life be without hope from our Heavenly Father? Would we become ungodly people simply living life to accumulate more things than our neighbors? Would life have no godly purpose at all? Would the storms of life destroy and devastate our spirits? Would illness mean insurmountable despair? Would death be the end of everything? Thank goodness for the hope the Lord brings!
Hope gives us encouragement to live life in a Christ like manner no matter what befalls us. With hope, we realize our anchor is not earthly possessions but eternal promises. With hope, we have a firm and secure anchor to hold us in place when the storms of life rage around us. With hope, we can endure illness knowing that God has a better plan for us than just being ill; in fact, he has a purpose for us to fulfill. With hope, a terminal illness simply means we will be with our Lord sooner than expected. Hope is an amazing thing that brings us ever closer to our Lord and for that I am truly grateful.
If you are struggling today, spend some quiet time with the Lord in prayer. He will comfort you like no one else can. He will fill your heart with hope, joy, and peace as you begin to trust in Him. Let Him be your anchor no matter what you are going through in life. Then, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you will be able to overflow with a hope that does not disappoint so others might see Christ through you.