Have you been hit with disappointment? I imagine you have. When the outcome is worse than the expectation then disappointment is sure to follow. While 2020 certainly stands out as a time of disappointment, we have all experienced this feeling at one point in our lives or another.
This past year my family experienced a house fire, the loss of our pet, multiple visits to the ER, cancer, and sickness; all taking place during a pandemic while homeschooling four young boys and living in a world of political and social unrest.
Do you see the disappointment? I am just one of 7.6 billion people in the world so the disappointment I experienced this year was probably worse than others, and in many cases, it was probably better than others. Either way you look at it there was disappointment, and in a world with this many people and over the course of time, disappointment has been a reality for all of us.
As we reflect on Romans 5:1-8, the Gospel hits the ground, and “the rubber meets the road” as our eyes and hearts are opened to THE only hope that will not disappoint, a faith and trust in Jesus Christ. Paul’s text beautifully lays out the Gospel and reveals to us that this real hope is not built on the circumstances of our life, or the fact that all will go well for us in these circumstances, but more importantly our sufferings develop patience and character that help unveil where hope can truly be found.
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless (or weak), Christ (holy and blameless) died for the ungodly” (Romans 5:6). When we regard Christ as holy, it gives us, the believer, a solid foundation on which to stand – this is our reason for hope in Him. Everyone wants a love that does not disappoint and is true. We can put our hope in Christ because we know that His love is pure. He won’t “fail us, nor will He forsake us” (Hebrews13:5). “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8). This is our reason for hope.
Whatever disappointment you’ve faced in the past, there is a hope that will not disappoint and will never fail; it is a hope that is always faithful and always true. It is a hope that we need to preach to ourselves moment by moment, day by day. It is a hope that needs to be lived out so that the whole world may see. It is a hope that we need to hold firmly to, over and over again. It is a hope that we are called to share with others. In Jesus, Hope Does not Disappoint!