We’ve all been disappointed with God at least once in life. I can’t think of anyone who would say that God has met every one of their expectations and fulfilled every wish and desire.
I’ve lived and heard all types of reasons why we could live disappointed with our Maker. Let’s explore a few reasons together.
He told us that He is a healer, yet our loved ones died of illnesses that He could’ve easily taken away. He told us that He would never leave us, yet sadness and loneliness overwhelm us all too often.
He said that He was good, yet bad oftentimes surround us. He said that we could ask Him for anything, yet after sometimes years of asking, we fail to see what we’ve cried out for. He said He would provide, but worry replaces our faith when bills need to be paid and the bank account is empty.
Some of us obediently responded to His quickening. Oftentimes, our obedience left us in despair and questioning whether or not He really did speak. We even loved people like He told us to and the very ones we loved cut us deeply, then poured salt into our wounds.
Many of us taught our children His ways, only to watch them grow up and despise Him. We forgave those who caused us pain, only to be faced with another opportunity to forgive that same person….again and again!
Some gave up everything to serve Him, yet those He called us to serve could care less about our sacrifice. Many wives submitted and respected their husbands; many husbands loved their wives, yet divorce looms over the households of far too many Christians.
We’ve emptied ourselves in trying our best to get this “Christ-like” life right, just to find ourselves dry in the end!
If we spend our days focusing on the above, our lives will be full on bitterness and anger. We’ve sadly allowed ourselves to believe that serving Him meant perfection. 2 Corinthians 4:8 gives us God’s perspective on this life; We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed and broken. We are perplexed, but we don’t give up and quit.
Did you notice that Paul, one of our great leaders of the faith had to endure some trials too? We can rest assured and know that even though trials and difficulties come, they won’t defeat us!
How about our heroes of faith in Hebrews 11? I love how the chapter ends. Take a look at verses 39 and 40. “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”
Yes, they lived on this earth too. They suffered too, but they didn’t stop trusting God. Some of them died without ever seeing the promise fulfilled on earth, but they died believing! You see, their faith and our faith becomes perfect as we continue to believe in the midst of doubt.
Keep reading on to Hebrews 12! I believe that God gives them glimpses of us from time to time. They see the fulfillment from their true home, just as we will one day. Let’s take our eyes off this world and place them on Jesus!
As I sit here contemplating my life and your life, compassion fills my heart. The compassion of my Savior who will bring sense to our gloom one day walks with us as we suffer.
The disappointment we face could be because we were looking in the wrong direction. Oftentimes, our approach to living for God had to do more with us than with Him. We’ve become too consumed in making scriptures work for our good rather than focusing on the goodness of the One who spoke that scripture into existence.
We’ve somehow forgotten that we live in a fallen system. This world is going to pass away, so why do we hold on so tight?
We are all faced with a choice today! We must choose life and we must make that choice now. This is serious, this is urgent!
Choosing life means that we look to Him when life is hard, not to the circumstances. Choosing life means that we trust Him, even when disaster is starring us in the face. Choosing life means that we grasp on to Him and to His presence when confusion wants to reign.
Choosing life is choosing Christ because He is the giver of life!
There is no other as good as God. This world, demons, bad circumstances or our own failures won’t change Him. Even if life doesn’t look the way you expected and you find yourself disappointed, making a choice to look to Him in the midst of your disappointment will keep your heart right.
An unguarded heart brings death, but a heart that is guarded with His love and truth can withstand anything the enemy throws at it.
I encourage you today, as I encourage myself, to place your eyes on the One who has the power to give life and to take it away. Choose life today my friend and no disappointment will run you down.
God mixes everything we face in life and makes it good. It’s like baking a cake. The flour, salt, baking powder, etc. would be gross all by themselves, but mix in some butter, sugar, vanilla and allow it to go through some heat! I promise you that something good will come out.
Life is good, even when it doesn’t feel like it. You were good to Him at conception! Trust Him while you are in the mix or in the heat!
Choose life today and you will live!