Updated: May 1
“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.”
Romans 5:5 (NLT)
Ever get frustrated with this scripture? I have.
It seems ironic to say “hope will not lead us to disappointment.”
Aren’t high hopes a surefire way to be disappointed?
Many times in my life, I have been scared to have hope because I feared disappointment. The funny thing is, even when we try to avoid being hopeful, we are oftentimes still disappointed.
How do we navigate disappointment? Unmet expectations? How do we ascertain this hope that does not lead to disappointment?
In the world we live in, the word hope has come to mean “wishful thinking.”
We say things like, “I hope this will happen!”, “I hope I get the job!”, etc.
Biblical hope, however, is not defined this way. Biblical hope is certainty, not wishing. It is interesting that God never asks us to put our hope in outcomes, circumstances, people, or situations. He instructed us to put our hope in Him. He NEVER changes! He knew we would be met with uncertainty, which is why He reminds us over and over again in His word to place our hope in Him.
Circumstances change, people change, and outcomes that we want to happen do not always happen. However, we have a hope that is secure, and His name is Jesus!
Colossians 1:27 (NLT) says, “To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery: Christ in you the HOPE of glory.”
Hope is alive in you! Hope is a person…and He has a name. It is the name that is above every other name!
Don’t get me wrong. When we place our hope in Christ, that does not mean we will never be disappointed or let down. We will definitely experience those emotions. Feeling disappointed is not the problem; staying disappointed is.
Disappointments will rob you and suck the life out of your faith. It will cause you to lower your expectations of God and begin to play it safe. When Jesus becomes our source of hope(our only hope), we have a place and a Person to take our disappointments to. He is the God of hope, and He longs to remind us of the hope we have in Jesus.
I think of the hymn that says, “My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.”
We do not have any other true source of hope. Every other source will run out, run dry, and let us down.
Hebrews 6 calls the hope we have in Christ an anchor for the soul! When our hope is in Christ, we can face hopeless situations with confidence, knowing that no matter the outcome, our hope is secure in Christ!
All of this is easier said than done, but Jesus never said it would be easy. Everything around us will pass away, BUT God’s promise to us through Jesus will stand for eternity. The ONLY constant is Jesus and our eternal redemption and salvation. He is the well that never runs dry, and He is the only true source of hope. Rise higher than your disappointments.
– Lauren Waites