When Disappointment Threatens Our Hope
“Hope deferred maketh the heart sick: but when the desire cometh, it is a tree of life.” Proverbs 13:12
So you got your hopes up and you were flying high with anticipation for a long desired event in your life to finally happen and then, Bam! With one phone call your hope is dashed. You sink to the ground and the weight of the world seems to rest on your shoulders. You might even begin to think, “Why did I ever let myself hope?”
But, Hope is a good thing. We need it to survive. In case you hadn’t noticed we are not in control of the universe. I know that may come as a shock, so take moment to recover your self.
Hope is that sense of expectation of something desired. It is also our confidence in someone who is trustworthy before we see the realization of their promise to us.
In the absence of hope there is no joy, no expectation, just a sadness of fatalistic resignation to give in and give up. It’s the all too familiar cry of the weary soul so beaten down by life’s negative circumstances that it no longer resists the pain.
There’s the famous quote of Dr. Martin Luther King, jr., echoing the sentiment of an old soul who had lived so long in the segregated, soul-suffocating injustices of the Jim Crow South that she said, “I been down so long, down don’t bother me.”
Without hope we fall and don’t even bother to try to get up.
Disappointment, particularly when it is repeated overtime, just wears us down, despite our best human efforts to defend ourselves against it.
Disappointment is a thief that comes to steal our hope and kill our joy. But he has no affect on us when our hope is firmly root in God. Things are always subject to change but God is always the same, yesterday today and forever.
Disappointments do come from time to time for all of us. The Scriptures tell us that hope differed makes the heart sick. So, the question then is this. Does God want us to have sick hearts? No! And neither does He want us to lose hope. But the key to understanding hope is to know what or who to hope in, to know where to rest our hope. There is only one sure and solid ground for our hope. That ground is the Lord.
“Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24
“O Israel, ahope in the Lord; For with the Lord there is lovingkindness, and with Him is abundant redemption.” Psalm 130:7
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.” Lamentations 3:24
There is a hope that will never fail us. That hope is in God.
“Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him…” Psalm 42:11
The great triune set of essential intangibles for life are these, faith, hope and love. But the one on which the other two rest is love.
Hope motivated by the Love of God will never fail. Disappointment cannot touch it, circumstances cannot diminish it and oppositions cannot overcome it. Hope in God will never be disappointed.