• Keith Harris

No Shame in Hope


There are a lot of things in life that disappoint us or let us down. Honestly, we come to expect this reality. Thomas à Kempis noted, “Why art thou disquieted; because it happeneth not to thee according to thy wishes and desires? Who is he that hath everything according to his will? Neither I, nor thou, nor any man upon the earth.” In this, he would be right.


But one of the most encouraging passages in all of Scripture is found in Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome. Paul wrote, “…hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us” (Romans 5:5). What a wonderful thought! What a wonderful truth! Hope does not put us to shame!


There are a lot of things in life that disappoint us or let us down. But the eager expectation of the realization of God’s promises will not disappoint us or let us down. Hope does not put us to shame! As we face the challenges of this life, it is great to know that we have a promise from God that can never be taken away. No matter what is going on in the world, no matter what circumstances we face, God’s promises are sure. When we place all our hope in Him and His promises, we can know that we will never be disappointed.

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