This time of year brings so many expectations with it. I know this because I keep facing my own expectations day after day. And usually those expectations are met with disappointment.
But, thanks be to God, if we will let Him, the Lord graciously uses those disappointments to remind us of the hope we have in Christ alone. He gently reminds us that He is the Gift. When we are faced with disappointment and unmet expectations, let those point us to The One who will never disappoint. Let our Christmas sadness point us to the eternal HOPE we have in Christ.
Hope was born on Christmas morning. And hope is the reason we can face this earth’s deepest disappointments and even our own failures. We must let the things of this earth fade from our vision by fixing our eyes on the author and perfecter of our faith.
Just think…He is using those unmet expectations and disappointments and failures to write our story…a glorious story with a victorious ending…a story of HOPE and REDEMPTION and ABUNDANT LIFE. Those are the real gifts of Christmas.
No disappointment on earth can compare to the future glory we have as our inheritance as beloved children of God.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:16-18