• Bishop Keith Butler

Hope will not Disappoint

By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. (Romans 5:2-5)

Paul’s words in Romans 5:2-5 challenge us to glory in tribulations. Most people who don’t know Jesus respond to troubles with angry four-letter words. Christians, however, should respond with a hopeful “Glory to God.”

As we glory in challenges, we grow in patience. Patience results in experience. I am thankful for all of the experiences I have had over the last 60+ years that have proved God's faithfulness. I love to sing, "Down through the years, God's been good to me."

We shouldn't look for problems, but on the other hand, we shouldn't fear them either. When negative issues come your way, be patient; stand in faith, and experience the victory that Jesus paid for when He rose from the dead.

Hope increases in your heart because every victory is a stepping stone to another win. You can look at a problem and say, "I’ve overcome something like that before. God’s Word is the same. He has not changed. I will get through this too.”

Hope maketh not ashamed means hope will not disappoint. Hope is not faith, but faith begins with hope. Hebrews 11:1 puts it this way: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

Practical Application – Bible hope is much more than a wish. Bible hope is an expectation that, regardless of what things look like today, God has something better for you in the future. Be patient and thankful for every experience that has allowed you to see victory.

Romans 12:12; 1 Thessalonians 1:3



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