I was reminded this week of our desperate need for our hope being placed in Christ. I found myself, once again, turning to frustration when little things didn’t go my way. Thankfully, the Holy Spirit prompted me to see my own sin and turn to God, asking Him to be my satisfaction–not little up and down circumstances. I also saw things around me that reminded me of the desperate need we all have for Christ. I saw a friend struggling with being overwhelmed by her kids not behaving the way she wants them to; I talked to a friend struggling with wanting to get pregnant and not seeing that desire fulfilled; I met with a student who is struggling to understand and clarify her own desires for the future.
I know the only place that we can place our Hope that will not disappoint us is in Christ. So why? I came up with a little list that I’m sure barely scratches the surface, but it is helpful for me.
- Because He knows us intimately, and loves us (Eph 2:4-6).
- Because He has defeated death and sin – the things that torment us and tear us up inside (Rom 5:1-3; Rev 1:17-18).
- Because His mercies are new every morning (Lamentations 3:23-24)
- Because our eternal future and inheritance is secure in Him (Eph 1:11-14).
- Because we are a new creation here and now if we believe in Him (2 Cor 5:17; Gal 2:20; 2 Pet 1:3-4).
- Because he is our king and he is the one and only truly GOOD king (Heb 12:1-2; Jn 18:37; Rev 22:1-5).
Today is Palm Sunday, when Christ came into Jerusalem riding on a donkey – the humble servant king. And he will come again, as powerful reigning king. Yet his character is the same in both cases–He is the one true God, full of Grace and truth, full of love and mercy and justice. Jesus Christ, the same yesterday and today and forever (Heb 13:8). We can place our hope in Him and He will not disappoint. When we fix our eyes on Him we will not be disappointed.