Trials and disappointments are two unexpected ways God shows His love to you
There are times in our lives where circumstances can mount to such a degree that we begin to doubt God’s active goodness on our behalf. These are typically situational challenges where our hope in God begins to wane. We lose our spiritual grip.
We become more focused on the disappointment than the Christ we profess. Here are three illustrations of how our trials can begin to control our thoughts and responses.
- A wife who is regularly angry and disappointed with her husband has placed too much faith and hope in her marriage.
- A man who is regularly discontented or frustrated with his job has placed too much faith and hope in his vocation.
- A teen who is regularly frustrated with his parents has placed too much faith and hope in his parents.
The context for these three relationship scenarios are born out of a study from Hebrews 3:1-6 where the writer is teaching his audience how Jesus is the only hope who will give us strength through personal trials and disappointments. He is asking us to, 
Consider Jesus, the apostle and high priest of our confession … Christ is faithful over God’s house as a son. And we are his house if indeed we hold fast our confidence and our boasting in our hope. – Hebrews 3:1 & 6 (ESV)
He is appealing to his audience to hold on to Jesus by situating their confidence and their boast in Him rather than fixating on their problems. He knows the Person they hold on to during disappointing times will determine how they work through those times. His desire is for them to have complete confidence in Christ, who will see them through their trials.
What are you holding on to?
Big Idea – If your confidence and boasting is in something which can never crumble, then you’re secure and full of hope.
Your confidence and joy is only as strong as the person or thing you’ve placed your trust. In the scenarios above, the wife, the man, and the teen have placed too much confidence and desired joy in things which are imperfect and can fail them.
This is an easy temptation to fall
-  These are my sermon notes from a message preached at my church. I put them in a narrative format so you can apply personally as well as to serve others. You can listen to the sermon by clicking here and looking for the sermon preached on 03.17.13. ↩