by Stephen Whitney

Blessing of Hope
Stephen Whitney
Romans 15:13

A woman in Memphis, Tennessee named Hope pulled a man from the chilly harbor water after watching him drive his car off the bank in an apparent suicide attempt. Hope Phillips, thirty-eight, said she was sitting in her car with her husband and son Sunday afternoon when she saw the man drive down Riverside Drive into Wolf River Harbor.

Phillips said she saw the man climb on top of the sinking car. "His face was like, 'I'm so desperate, please help me.' All I could do was run into the water," she said. Phillips said she swam toward the man, who was about twenty-five feet off the bank, and used a tree branch to pull him toward the bank. Her husband helped drag him out of the water.

The man was a student at the University of Tennessee. She said:
"He kept telling us he wasn't worth anything. I said, "You are worth something, you're here, aren't you?"

Then he asked my name. I said, 'Hope,' and he said, 'What's your name?' He repeated it twice. He had a smile on his face. You know he didn't want to die."

In his poetic Essay on Man, published in 1734 Alexander Pope stated pessimistically, "Hope springs eternal in the human breast:
Man never is, but always to be blest." He told his friend John Gray never to forget the ninth beatitude: "Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed."

Without God man does not have real hope about his future.
Eph. 2:12 Remember that at one time you were separated from Christ . . . having no hope and without God in the world.

Charles Spurgeon said Romans 15:13 was "one of the riches passages in the Word of God." It describes what it means for believers to live under the blessing of the benediction of hope.


God of hope means he is the author and source of our hope.
Berk. the fountain of hope. Lilly the source of hope.
God can give us hope if we trust in him because he is sovereign over the world he made and ...

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