When I was a boy, I had an aunt who didn’t visit us very often, but she did come just about every Christmas. The most exciting thing about my aunt’s visit was the gifts she brought. One Christmas she brought a set of race cars that ran around a track. For weeks and months thereafter, most of my spare time was spent racing cars around that oval track.
The following Christmas, my aunt arrived again, right on schedule. This time she brought me a solidly packed box wrapped with green foil paper and a gold bow. I could hardly wait for permission to tear it open to see what mechanical marvel lay inside. The night wore on, and at last it was time for presents. When I finally tore the paper away and opened the box, I discovered a pair of corduroy trousers and a plaid flannel shirt.
All of us have had our hopes disappointed, and not just over something as insignificant as a child’s toy at Christmas. All too often we look to relationships, or careers, or some other place to invest our energies and dreams, and we find only disappointment. The simple truth is this: Whenever we try to find our satisfaction in people, in things, or in anything else that the world offers, our hopes will consistently be left unsatisfied.
Hearts that were meant to be satisfied only by a living relationship with God can find nothing but disappointment elsewhere. However, none of us whose heart has been sealed by the Holy Spirit has ever had our hope in the love of God disappointed. Jesus has never forsaken us or turned us away. Whenever we turn to God in our need, when we’re sure that nothing we’ve done is acceptable or worthy, God has never rejected our prayers, nor has the Lord failed to assure us of God’s love towards us. The Holy Spirit reminds us constantly that the Almighty waits for us children to tire of every counterfeit, and return to our Lord’s arms. And when we return to God, though our hearts condemn us, God is greater than our hearts, and we can continue to have this confidence: Our hope is in the Lord, and God will never disappoint us!
In the Name of Christ
Prayer Meeting 9:30 AM
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North Warren Presbyterian Church
200 South State St
North Warren, PA 16365-4645
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