Hope Does not Shame

Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.

Romans 5:5

Paul begins by saying in Romans 5:5, hope does not disappoint. The word hope does not seem to be in the vocabulary of many people at this time, who seek immediate results. On the other hand, the word shame means embarrassment or ridicule. But if hope does not shame, we will not be ridiculous or embarrassed for expecting anything from God. Hope is faith tested. If we have fully trusted in an Almighty God who loves us because we are His children, waiting for His response is no cause for shame.

Most things in life have a timeout before you get results. If someone wants to be a professional in any area of human knowledge, he must devote several years of his life to studying before graduating and obtaining the degree. But that does not mean that he has achieved everything, but must continue to specialize and take short courses periodically so as not to be left behind in the development of his career. Believing that you will reach the goal of being a doctor or engineer is equivalent to having faith; but the hope is to study with patience and pass all the tests to achieve it.

When our faith is in God, we know that He is faithful to His Word and in His time the promise will be fulfilled. Therefore, since our hope is also set in Him, there is no place to doubt that it will happen. In Romans 10:11 it is written, For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” Every person who has believed in what God has promised in His Word can be assured that what he expects will have it and will not go through the embarrassment of holding his outstretched hand.

The Word of God is fully guaranteed. Hebrews 6:17-18 says: Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath, that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us. Therefore, the hope we have will become a reality.

The Bible tells us that whatever we ask the Father, in the name of Jesus, believing, He will do it. That does not mean that God’s response is immediate. It is very likely that, at the beginning, we are not prepared to receive what we have asked for. God, who knows all things, He knows when the time is right to answer our request. While that time comes, we live in the hope of receiving the promise. And the very Word of God tells us that we will not be ashamed to wait.

1 Peter 1:21 says concerning faith and hope, who through Him believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. Our faith and our hope are placed in God, who is Almighty and raised from the dead to Jesus. He never lies and His Word is true. So do not be afraid to continue clinging to the hope of seeing fulfill your promises. You will not be ashamed! God bless you.

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