Have you ever had someone let you down? Disappoint you? Didn’t come through in the crunch? Missed the MLB post-season play-offs again? (Sorry, Jays fans, I digress). Disappointment is an all-too-common part of the human experience. Companies, organizations, and individuals are all susceptible to “over-promising and under-delivering”. I’m reminded, with less than 72 hours from the launch of YC2014, that there is only One who promises and completely delivers on HOPE.
Read these words from the Apostle Paul:
“Therefore, since we have been made right in God’s sight by faith, we have peace with God because of what Jesus Christ our Lord has done for us. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. 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.” (Rom. 5:1-5)
Listen again to the HOPE given us: made right in God’s sight, peace with God, a place of underserved privilege, and a look forward to sharing God’s glory! And even in the difficult times God is developing endurance, character, and a confident HOPE in us. And God’s HOPE will not disappoint! That’s the HOPE we have been given. That’s the HOPE we can boldly dispense this weekend. Volunteers, leaders, ministry guests, even meals may disappoint but there is no disappointment in the HOPE of the world. God graciously over-promises to us every day…but He is also a God who over-delivers on every promise!