3rd Sunday of Lent: Hope Will Not Disappoint
If you could hold up one person in your life who you’d consider a leader and who had great influence on you, who would that person be?
How would you describe this person’s sense of connection with others?
All of us at some time in our lives have probably taken the lead or worked with others to take the lead on a project or activity. Or we have been supportive cheerleaders for others in a ministry setting. All leaders and supporters at times experience some lack of support, some misunderstandings, some complaints and become de-energized and discouraged. We experience obstacles as we are living out our spirituality. Leading people through change and transitions is difficult. We may strive for oneness, for connectedness, but experience resistance for various reasons. The unknown brings a lot of anxiety. This was the experience of Moses in the following reading.
But the people were thirsty and complained even more to Moses. “Why did you bring us out of Egypt only to make us and our children and our livestock die of thirst?” Moses appealed to Yhwh. “What am I to do with these people? They are ready to stone me!”
Exodus 17: 3-4
There are plenty of moments when we may have “grumbled” or been “grumbled at.” It is all part of the strengths and struggles of our journeys. To what extent may complaining be the result of not feeling a “oneness with other?”
Now since we have been made right in God’s sight by our faith, we are at peace with God through our Savior Jesus Christ. Because of our faith, Christ has brought us to the grace in which we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to the day on which we will become all that God has intended.
And such a hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.
Romans 5:1-2, 5
Paul’s antidote for complaining is to focus on peace and hope—a hope that does not disappoint.
As we experience change, the environment is ripe for divisions and brokenness. The good news is that we are called to be hopeful because the love of God has been poured into our hearts.