Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Romans 5:5
I don’t know about you but I’ve been disappointed by hope. I’ve dreamt of things, longed for things, searched for things and have been obedient to the point of death and yet still ended up wanting. What I have found often times at the end of my rainbows, have been fool’s gold, or so it seemed. I’ve chased big dreams, believed God for huge things, and waited for so long to see a hint of His purposes. I was disillusioned and disappointed because I lacked understanding in the “how and why” He does things the way He does.
Some people give up on hope because it seems too painful to continue hoping only to be disappointed over and over again. So some settle for the downward dismal lifestyle of I’m-never-going-to-get-my-hopes-up-again. So what’s worse? Hoping and being disappointed? Or not hoping at all and being depressed? What if I told you there is another option?
Look at today’s scripture again… Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. Now we all believe that scripture is inerrant. So if the Word of God cannot lie, then the truth is that hope does not disappoint. But how can that be, since you and I have both hoped in some things and still experienced disappointment when they didn’t work out?
My marriage was not what I had hoped for the first 7 years. I was miserable. I stayed in a constant state of disappointment. A business venture failed horrifically and I spent years on unemployment and working jobs that only paid a fraction of what I was used to making. Every big dream that I had stepped out in faith went nowhere and I lost tens of thousands of dollars. The list could go on and on with countless heartbreaking stories of things hoped for and things lost, or so I though.
The word disappoint means to fail to meet the expectation or hope of. That’s exactly how I’ve felt so much of my life. “Failure to meet the expectations of” so many dreams! So are Christians supposed to be immune to disappointment? Is that what this passage is saying? No, of course not. Do you see the word “because” in todays verse? It’s telling us that hope does not disappoint because (for the reason that) the love of God/the Holy Spirit has been poured out within our hearts to help us overcome disappointment!
When we sit with Him every morning, and every moment our hearts are broken, He has the power to override that disappointment. He has the power to give us insight into our situation. He can change our perspectives. Things that seemed lost can be given a deeper meaning. Does it mean we won’t ever be disappointed? No, but it does mean that when those disappointments come, we can sit with God and let Him explain them to us. Once we have His understanding and a Kingdom perspective we are somehow transformed and able to have hope again.
When I look back on my list of disappointments, I see God’s hand of goodness. I see the beauty of trusting Him when there was little hope left. When so many things in my life seemed like they were failing, I would remind myself that God is always good. I would say out loud, “my life is not what I want it to be but I know God will bring to me all that He has promised. This pain has a purpose.” I found those purposes in the seasons of disappointment. I found a strength to persevere that was lodged deep inside and His name is the Holy Spirit. Oh how many times did He make clear a situation that held me captive for so long? And now that I am seeing so many of the promises fulfilled, how grateful I am to have continued to believe in His goodness. He is faithful! He is faithful to finish what He’s started.
I know that some of you find yourselves in gloomy circumstances right now. But know this: you are not alone! God has not abandoned you. He has not forgotten you. There is a beautiful purpose for this pain. He will not let the pain go to waste, I promise. Take your disappointments to Him and let Him refresh your mind and restore hope to you. He is the Hope that does not disappoint!
YOUR KOFFEE WITH THE KING:
God wants to release you from your disappointments. You are not the only one that has gone through what you are going through. And it won’t last forever! Let Him encourage you today. Let Him speak words of hope to those tender areas of your heart. Release the anger of being disappointed with your situation, with people and with Him. Let Him show you that He has your best interests at heart. Let Him give you understanding in all things that concern you. As you begin to pray, start the audio track below. Pour out your frustration to Him and let Him respond to you. It’s life changing! And you can hear Him!
Over the next week renew your mind with the scriptures on hope. Let them settle down into your spirit, write them on the tablets of your heart, and let them roll off your lips like honey in everything you speak this week.
Day 2: Read Romans 8:24-25
Day 3: Read Romans 15:4
Day 4: Read Romans 15:13