Last week we discussed sunrises, the hellish heat of the Arizona desert, and underwater basket weaving (click How to Deal With Disappointment Part - 1). These obscure ideas were connected to the sadness of unmet expectations and ill-
placed hope. Placing our hope in perishable things only leads to disappointment. However, placing our hope in God will always breed joy and fulfillment. Now, we’ll explore the rewards of putting our expectations in the right place.
First, some scripture:
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where
thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth
nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
"Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things."
Upon placing our hope in our heavenly father, our expectations will always be met when they collide with God’s provision (Psalm 37:4). As a reward for placing our dreams in the right place, we are promised riches of many kinds. Cha-ching.
There is money to be made in this life. For sure. This is America, after all. Land of the free, home of the beef. Whether we work at Wendy’s or as a top attorney, cash is available if we work for it. However, even if we earn more money than the Kardashians, the riches of this world don’t compare to the promised inheritance of God’s children.
"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people."
As children of God, our actions should never be motivated by storing up treasures for ourselves in heaven. Our “good deeds” should be done out of our love for Christ and people. However, there is no wrong in acknowledging that we are promised an inheritance. God is so excited to bestow us with heavenly crowns. Maybe Olympic-sized swimming pools. Gold rapper chains. You never know. If our heavenly inheritance wasn’t a motivator for placing our expectation and hope in God, the Bible wouldn’t have mentioned it continuously (Revelation 3:11, James 1:12, 1 Cor. 9:25-27, 1 Thes. 2:19, 2 Tim. 4:7-8, 1 Pet. 5:2-4, 2 Cor. 5:10).
The dragon stash-sized riches mentioned above are secured for us by God’s glory. The “glory”
characteristic of God in the New Testament is often used in conjunction with hope. Glory is the utmost ability of God’s unchanging nature, and the assuredness of His complete power and majesty (Col. 1:1-6, 27, 3:3-4, Romans 8:16-18, 1 Peter 5:10). With the unchanging power of God, our promised inheritance is safe. Safer than a bar of gold in a safe within a safe, guarded by the secret service within an underground bunker in the center of the earth surrounded by a moat of lava. THAT safe.
Christ is the unchanging factor in which we can place our hope, absent of disappointment. The
unchanging glory of God gives us access to a hefty heavenly inheritance. The inheritance awaiting us is rich, but it will take patience to attain. Cue the Jeopardy music, as we must practice patience for next week’s blog: “How to Deal With Disappointment – Part 3.”