Hope in the midst of disappointment

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I mentioned in a previous post about how God’s Word acts as the VAR that revises our otlook on what we are seeing and experiencing. This week has not been a good week for hope. We should have been preparing for the final lifting of restrictions this coming Monday. Instead we are likely to be waiting at least another month. Hope has been disappointed again.

So, it is good to be reminded of these beautiful words from Romans 6:

“ and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us”.[1]

The hopes of this world have a habit of disappointing us. Whether it’s something trivial such as how well England will do at the Euros or something serious like the cOVID rules, we’ve learnt to keep our emotions in check, not to get too excited or optimistic because our hopes have a habit of disappointing.

So, in the midst of disappointment, we need to remember and remind ourselves that there is one who does not disappoint, one who is faithful. We can depend on God’s promise in Christ because he has always been faithful. God was faithful to his promise to send Christ as a deliverer so we know he will be faithful to his promise to keep us safe through life and death. We can trust his promise to fill us with his Holy Spirit and his love. We can trust his promise that Christ will return for us.

[1] Romans 5:5.

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