Hope That Doesn't Disappoint

"But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts, and always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear;" 1 Peter 3:15
"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." Romans 5:4-6
Hope is one of the least emphasised topics in today's preaching. Yet as I read my Bible today I am reminded that I ought to have the "hope that is in me", that I may defend it with meekness and fear. Without hope, the Christian faith is but another religion, another belief. It is the fact that we hope in Christ's second coming that gives us motivation to go on. It is the power that enables us to run the race, to fight the fight. Yet our vision of hope grows cloudy when we forget the fact we are called to live for a higher purpose.
I have a friend who faces a huge dilemma. Her visa expires in less than two weeks and she might have to return back to Singapore. I must admit I do not understand fully her reluctance or her situation, but it is the death of hope in her that scares me so. I know with all my heart that all these things happen for a purpose that is yet to be revealed to us, that in some way, no, in every way, God is in charge of everything. I only pray that I may be of some comfort in this difficult time for her. Yet sometimes it is hard lift her up and be optimistic of the situation. But the one thing I have to say, and should have said to her while we spoke was this:
I hope with you. I hope for you. And I know that hope in God never disappoints. I only pray that somehow you be shown the same.
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