“and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given us” (Romans 5:5).
While one would never hope to suffer, hope is to be found in suffering. The apostle Paul’s formula for hope–tribulation bringing about perseverance; perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope (v.4)–emerges from his personal experiences with pain. What God is creating us to become in eternity isn’t an afterlife project. It is underway here and now as the crucible of life is endured, the dross is burned away, character is forged, and hope remains.