Therefore, since we have been declared righteous by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. We have also obtained access through him by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions, because we know that affliction produces endurance, endurance produces proven character, and proven character produces hope. This hope will not disappoint us, because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Romans 5:5 (CSB)
We can hang on for dear life to hope because God has promised us that we will not be disappointed. Will it look like we expect it to, neat and tidy, wrapped up with a bow? Not likely. But will God do what God does and make beauty from even ashes? Always.
We can count on hope from God that will not disappoint us — no matter what.
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Bev @ Walking Well With God says
So many times I get disappointed because I place my hope and expectations in other people. People are human and they are bound to disappoint us at some point in time. In persevering through trials with the Lord, however, produces a hope that NEVER disappoints. I can place my hope and expectation in Jesus and I will never be let down. It might not unfold like I imagine, but it never disappoints. This is the beauty of hoping in the Lord.
I’m looking forward to seeing the hope coming day after day for He says He looks and waits for those who want to know & obey Him! Isaiah 30:18.. I’m going to expect Emmanuel this month again to heal these wounds in my heart, He never fails! Blessings today \0/
Dawn Ferguson-Little says
Thank you incourage for the wonderful reading. Taking the time to write them. I learnt so much from them. Grown so much closer to God and his word through them. Plus reading people comment’s. I have been so blessed. I prayer for you all. May God richly bless you all. Your family’s and this wonderful work you do for him. Plus bless you all with wonderful Christmas. Love and God Bless Dawn Ferguson-Little xxxxxx
Beth Williams says
Life down here on broken Earth is hard, noisy & filled with all manner of trials & tribulations. Our lives rarely work out the way we plan them neatly tied with bows. Jesus certainly didn’t get what He planned in the Garden of Eden. He had perfection & we ruined it. But God had a plan all along. His plan was to bring us hope-a hope that never disappoints no matter what. I believe this sums it all up: Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging God alone is our hope & stay!!
Blessings & Advent tidings 🙂