In the book Through the Valley of the Kwai, Scottish officer Ernest Gordon wrote of his terrible suffering in the prisoner of war camp. The squalor of the prison hospital was so bad that Ernest requested to moved to a cleaner place – the morgue.
Lying in the dirt of the death house, Ernest waited to die. But every day a quiet and unassuming man called Dusty Miller washed Ernest’s wounds, shared his rations with him and talked to the agnostic Ernest about what God has promised and that even in the midst of suffering, there is hope.
The hope we read about in Scripture is not vague, wishy-washy optimism. Instead, biblical hope is a strong and confident expectation that what God has promised in His Word He will accomplish. Suffering is often the catalyst that produces perseverance, character and finally, hope (Romans 5:3-4).
Seventy-one years ago, in a brutal POW camp, Ernest Gordon learned this truth himself and said, “Faith thrives when there is no hope but God (see Romans 8:24-25).
Adapted from Our Daily Bread by Cindy Hess Kasper.