Hope: A Necessary Ingredient in Life

Paul stated the following in Romans Chapter 5:

“…but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us.” Romans 5:3-5 (NIV)

Hope is often a word that is guised in glib conversation without meaningful intent. it is often used in a manner that has no power or resolve. Unfortunately, that is not the true power in the definition of the word and how it plays out in our lives.

However, the real power in the word “hope” is identified in the above text.  Hope does not disappoint us or fail us. It provides us a means to a way out of troublesome circumstances. It provides us the truth we need among the negative voices that swirl around us in painful times. Also Randal S. Langly has a solid perspective on the word hope.  He identified hope as the “confident expectation of your future and knowing that with God, the best is still to come.” Langly is spot on. In Christ, the best is yet to come, no matter what our current circumstances may be or what we may face. When we place the entirety of our present and our future, in the power of Christ, the power of hope is soon realized!

So the next time you’re struggling with difficult or demanding circumstances, take hope in knowing that with Christ, we can grasp a full hope in our future and the blessings in which God has in store for us.


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