‘And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.’ Romans 5:3-5
Once I was convinced that I was to hope, I then found out that I would not be disappointed. The Hebraic definition for disappoint means ‘to break up, violate, frustrate, cause to cease, make of none effect.’ What the Word is saying is that I would not be frustrated and that my confident expectation of what God was doing for my son would come to pass.
Romans 15:13 says, ‘Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ The God of hope that does not disappoint has a set time for my son’s deliverance and success. He has filled me with all joy and peace in believing that my son’s season will come, without fail and that He has reached my son and is helping him. As He does, I am to abound in hope, anticipating with pleasure, expectation and confidence knowing that God does not disappoint. That the time appointed for my son will come without delay.
God knew that in and of myself I couldn’t have hope; so He gave me the Holy Spirit. And by the power of the Holy Spirit I can be joyful and have peace - even though my son may not be acting or living like he should.
I’m not hoping like ‘I hope I win the lottery’ – no that’s man’s way of hoping. My hope is not in what my son does, but my hope is in what the God of hope has done! I know I won’t be disappointed and that my son will not be dis-appointed; in that his appointed time will come.
Mothers, though your sons are grown, know that the God of hope will not disappoint you and know that our sons will not be dis-appointed. There is an appointed time for them to live the life God has for them. It’s up to us, as mothers, to keep hoping, keep anticipating with pleasure, being confident, and expecting God to change them into the men they are destined to become. Grown or not, our babies will always need the love and prayers of a mother. Don’t give up woman of God and know that I’m believing with you.
Pray this with me...
Lord, I thank You for that You are working in my son regardless as to what he may or may not be doing now. Lord I ask You to teach me how to hope. Heavenly Father, teach me how not to be moved by time. Your Word says 1,000 years is as a day to You; so even though my son is an adult, You’re not moved by his age and neither am I. In Jesus’ name. So be it. Copyright © 2013 Real Issues Ministries®. All rights reserved.