“And this hope [the hope of salvation] 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.”
Not just any chocolate – Swiss chocolate. With whole hazelnuts.
Mmmmm, mmmmm, mmmmm.
This was a gift from my firstborn for Mother’s Day. I broke off small chunks. I let it melt slowly in my mouth. I savoured every bite.
Then I did something uncharacteristic.
I saved some for later.
I thought I’d enjoy the last few bites slowly on the way home from school yesterday. I looked forward to it all day.
I got to my car and started it. I reached out my hand to apprehend my long awaited treat.
The first actually warm day we’ve had, and I left my chocolate on the front seat.
Some days are like that. What we’ve been looking forward to just doesn’t materialize. We get passed over for that promotion that we’ve been anticipating. The hoped for pregnancy doesn’t happen. That new relationship fizzles. We wake up one day and realize that our life just didn’t turn out the way we’d planned.
It’s just like licking chocolate off the wrapper.
Messy. Awkward. Less than satisfying.
Not what it was cracked up to be.
Let’s face it – a lot of life ends up being like licking the wrapper. We were made for greatness, and settle for mediocrity because it hurts less to expect less. Challenges knock us around. Nothing ever seems to come easy.
Which is why God’s promises are so sweet. He promised salvation to all who believe.
Super sweet – like the best chocolate ever.
And He will deliver.
No disappointment. No let-downs. No failure to come through.
Just a deposit, a guarantee of the glory to come, wrapped in a pretty box and tied with a bow.
Love, straight from the throne of God, to prove that salvation is just around the corner.
The heart-pumping, pulse-thumping, delightful thing called hope.
And this is a hope that will not disappoint.
Place your hope in a sure thing with me?
Father, so much about this life leads to disappointment and regrets. Remind our hearts that Your promises are true, Your guarantees are right and good, Your salvation is the real deal, and sweeter than the sweetest chocolate. Thank You for Your provision. Amen.