​Hope Does Not Disappoint

January 5th, 2018

...we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:3-5 (NKJV)

The new year brings an opportunity to reframe, set goals and resolutions, and write on a clean slate of sorts...in theory. The reality is, despite the symbolism of a new year, challenges are no respecter of calendars. They stay with us for indefinite amounts of time; some of them for a lifetime. Praise God, who stands outside of time and space, that He promises to give us what we need to face and overcome the struggles of this earthly life.

All throughout Scripture, God has acknowledged the difficulties we face, but He also promises to redeem them. Take the Apostle Paul's words to the Romans: we can rejoice in trials because of the chain reaction this produces in our lives, culminating in hope. What's more, he reminds us that hope can be trusted to satisfy. No matter what this life brings, because of the love God gives through the power of the Holy Spirit, we are not disappointed.