Hope, as we usually think of it, is often disappointed. We hope for (wish for, desire) something that we sometimes experience. However, much of the time, our many hopes are never realized. (Sometimes, that’s  good)! Failure to see our hopes granted can discourage us; cause us to feel that it is useless to hope; leaving us hopeless. Life itself often seems hopeless. Indeed, for those who do not know Jesus as Savior and Lord, all is ultimately hopeless. The Bible tells of another kind of hope. It is a hope that will never fail or disappoint a child of God! Paul speaks of it in Romans 5:5, “And hope maketh not ashamed.” Ashamed, as it is used here, means we will not be disappointed; we will not be “let down.”  This hope (better understood as anticipated certainty) is based on the promises of God. Any hope that isn’t based on God’s promises is not the Biblical kind of hope. What God promises, He will perform! However, He will do it on His schedule, not ours! Edward Mote captured the idea in his well known hymn, “The Solid Rock.” He describes it thus: “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness. I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ Name. On Christ the solid Rock I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.” Selah! The “world’s” hopes are fragile, leaving the unsaved in a hopeless condition; the Christian’s hope is firm, fast and final, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward” (Hebrews 10:35).  Ron

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