Hope

… and 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 gives you hope? Paul takes time in Romans chapters 5-8 to unpack biblical hope. He starts by indicating that we rejoice in the hope f the glory of God. He says that we also rejoice in our sufferings. This is possible as we allow God to show his power and protection amid sufferings. As we do that, it produces hope in us. That hope does not put us to shame; in other words, it will not leave us disappointed. It will instead encourage us to know that God is continually pouring out the presence and power of the Holy Spirit into our lives. Nothing can take the hope of glory of God once we have been made his children. Once you have truly surrendered your life to him, he will hold you and your hope in heaven. This is the inheritance held in heaven for you (1 Peter 1:4). Peter tells us that this is a living hope! The Holy Spirit is a deposit guaranteeing this inheritance. This is not blind hope. It is waiting for that which is an absolute certainty! Biblical hope is waiting in the certainty of that which has been promised by our faithful God. How are you resting in the hope of glory?