I have been studying Romans 5. Looking at 'hope.' Looking at 'hope against hope.' Looking at 'suffering yielding hope.' And that 'hope does not put us to shame.'
I have struggled a little is some of those things. I have struggled with how to tell someone who is in a very hard place, someone whose actions say they are living a life of hopelessness, how to tell them all that yields hope.
This morning, I was thinking about hope and faith. Romans 5:1a says, And hope does not put us to shame. Hebrews 11:1a says, Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for.
I like to use illustrations and stories, so I thought about what that looks like. Imagine a very well built chair. You look at that chair and it looks beautiful, strong, comfortable and sturdy. So, you place your hope in it. You hope it will do what it was designed to do, what the manufacturers said it would do. You hope that it will hold your weight when you sit in it.