Never Be Let Down
Jul 27, 2020 2322
When I was only a little boy in grade one at school, I remember looking forward to the school’s athletics carnival, because like most little boys, I thought I could run like the wind. (Only in the coming years was I to be disappointed with the realisation that I was actually not a fast runner at all.)
I remember that my mother had bought me a pair of little white shorts, a white T-shirt, little white socks, and white sneakers for this athletics carnival.
I was all set to go, except for one thing. My family didn’t have a car. That problem was apparently resolved when my parents arranged to be picked up by some friends of ours who had a car.
I was out there in my uniform on the kerb outside our house in the hot sun 15 minutes before the agreed pick-up time, waiting to be picked up to be taken to the athletics carnival. As the hour drew near, I became more and more excited. Then the time came, and then it passed. Perhaps they were a little late? That was OK. It happened from time to time. It was five minutes past the time, then ten minutes, then fifteen minutes. There was still hope. I waiting until it was half an hour past the agreed pickup time, and I realised that I had been forgotten, and that I wouldn’t be going to the athletics carnival.
I think that was the first time in my life that I realised the bitterness of being let down. Since then I’ve been let down many times, and in much worse ways too.
But now I’ve discovered something that will never let me down. It’s my hope in God!
A believer’s hope in God is a completely different thing to the hope we have in other things. You can go out without an umbrella and hope that it won’t rain. You can invest in the stock market and hope that your investment will turn out well. You can get go into hospital for an operation and hope that everything will turn out well.
One of the most important lessons you will ever learn is that your God will never let you down.
You see, when you hope in anything else, it’s never a certain proposition. That’s why we have come to think of hope as something that always involves uncertainty.
But when you hope in God, your hope is always a sure thing. There’s never any risk that God won’t come through for you. The Bible says that,
this hope does not let us down (Rom 5:5, CJB; “hope does not put us to shame” – NLT)
And it goes on to explain why we can be so sure that your hope in God will never let you down:
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Rom 5:6-8, NLT).
The certainty of your hope has already been proven because Christ has actually died for you, not when you were at your best, but when you were at your worst.
That’s why, when it comes to God’s love for you and his salvation, you will never ever be let down.