Gian Lorenzo Bernini - Dove of the Holy Spirit...

Gian Lorenzo Bernini – Dove of the Holy Spirit (ca. 1660, stained glass, Throne of St. Peter, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

“And this hope 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” (Romans 5:5, NLT).

Disappointment comes early and often in our lives. It’s something we just have to learn to deal with, but it does get easier as we mature, especially if we also learn we are not the center of the universe. When we realize our own desires don’t have to be fulfilled every time, we can learn to enjoy the happiness of others.

Disappointment in God is another matter. Our expectations of the most powerful being in the universe are quite high so when we believe he has let us down, it’s hard to accept. The truth is, God doesn’t let us down. He has the big picture, exists outside of space and time, and knows the beginning from the end. We have limited understanding and see everything through a dark glass. He loves us dearly and knows how deeply we are affected by disappointment. In his love, he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill us with his love and give us the assurance that in him, our hope will not be disappointed.

Advertisements