Hope That Does Not Disappoint…
Hope is a state of mind, not of the world. Hope, in this deep and powerful sense, is not the same as joy that things are going well, or willingness to invest in enterprises that are obviously heading for success, but rather an ability to work for something because it is good. ~Vaclav Havel ~
Lasting peace and joy do not come from our worldly endeavors, or the individual successes that we may attain in our present circumstances. It is in that abiding sense of hope, that comes from deep within our heart and soul, that we are progressing toward something that is good and right…something essentially supernatural in scope, and in which, we know without doubt, that our spiritual future is secure.
Thought for the day
There is no amount of success that can make up for failure at home. Am I rejoicing in my work and monetary successes while my spiritual program takes a back seat and God is put on the back burner or am I filling in my responsibilities around my recovery program? Is God the highest priority in my life? Scriptures For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome. ~Jeremiah 29:11 (Amp)~
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, 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. You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. ~Romans 5:1-8 (NIV)~