Romans 5:1-5 (NLT)
1 Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. 2 Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. 3 We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. 4 And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 5 And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.

The apostle speaks of the special benefits and privileges we have being justified through the Lord Jesus Christ. We have peace with God. Sin is the barrier between us and God and Jesus broke that barrier when He died on the cross for our sin. We have been put into a privileged place, and undeserved place, where we can be confident of being with God in all His glory. We have also been given a hope that allows us endurance through life’s trials. Because the Holy Spirit testifies that God is in our lives and loves us dearly we have hope to endure and become strengthened by our trial.

A man in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania put great hope in a plan he created to obtain money. His idea, pass off a counterfeit $1,000,000 bill at a grocery store for some purchased items and receive the change back. This man placed his hope and trust in his own plan to obtain money fraudulently. Surely he had high hopes of buying the car he wanted or a house, or other luxuries. Most of us can see probably see where this plan was headed. First problem, there isn’t a $1,000,000 bill in circulation. Second problem, most grocery store clerks don’t have change for a million dollars even if there was such a bill. So when the man presented the bill it was immediately confiscated; he was refused any change; the police were called and he was arrested. The hope he had placed in his plan had failed. This is a good example of why our hope needs to be in Jesus instead of ourselves. Our own plans often fail, but God says His hope in Christ will never lead to disappointment. Where do you place your hope?