Wednesday, March 17, 2010

God can't...(part 2)

How many times have you done things that you regretted? How many times have you been promised something that did not happen? How often are you saddened by the decision of a friend? All these things create a very powerful emotion. Disappointment.

disappointment: [ˌdɪsəˈpɔɪnt] vb (tr)
1. to fail to meet the expectations, hopes, desires, or standards of; let down
2. to prevent the fulfilment of (a plan, intention, etc.); frustrate; thwart
I have disappointed my husband, my daughter, my parents, and my friends. My intentions are good. I try. I promise. But then I don’t come through and that disappoints those around me and I disappoint myself. I’ve failed again.

But guess what?
God can’t be disappointed.
(I’ll give you a minute to ponder that.)

Let’s look at the evidence:

Fact 1: God is omniscient. He knows everything. EVERYTHING.
Fact 2: God is omnipresent. He is everywhere. Yep, even under the bed, in the closet, in the car, wherever we are…there He is.
Fact 3: God can’t be surprised.
When I tell myself “I’ve let God down” or “I am such a screw-up, God must be so disappointed in me.” Those are lies and lies come from one place only, satan. Satan wants us to turn from God because we have disappointed Him. It’s a lie.

I remember telling my mother a long time ago that I could take it if she and my dad were mad at me, but that “it killed me” if they were disappointed in me. (Yes, I know, drama much?) I didn’t know how to explain what I meant then. Anger comes from people not agreeing on something. Disappointment comes from one person having expectations, hopes, desires, or a standard for someone else. Disappointment is often hidden inside anger.

A father lets down his daughter, she gets angry but inside its disappointment. She had an expectation and her father failed to meet it. Her anger fades, the tears dry up, but disappointment, that leaves a cobweb of sadness on her heart binding up trust, belief, and joy in her father and even in herself. She will have to tear down the cobwebs in order to trust, in order to believe, and in order to find her joy. We have to do the same thing.

Open our hearts and take a peak. How many cobwebs of disappointment are covering things? Cobwebs are strong. Cobwebs immobilize things. How many of our dreams are caught in the cobwebs of disappointment?

We need to realize two things:

1. God can’t be disappointed so we have to stop telling ourselves that we have let God down.

2. We can’t accomplish all that God has for us if we are wrapped in cobwebs of disappointment.
 Look in your closet. What cobwebs are covering your dreams? It’s time to clean my friend. Let the disappointment go. God is not disappointed in anything you have done but see how disappointment can tie you up? God is bigger then any cobweb. Allow Him to wash them away. We ache to understand God’s direction for our lives but in order for the light to shine through us we have to clean out the cobwebs.

If we were able to know everything, could be everywhere, and not be surprised by anything then we couldn’t be disappointed. But we can’t (know everything), we aren’t (everywhere) and we are (disappointed) because… we aren’t God.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful post. It is so freeing, knowing that God knows what we will do and it will not surprise Him. If He knows what we will do, then He already has it in His plan and is not disappointed by our choices. He redeems our mistakes and uses them for good.


karen Dawkins said...

Thanks, Leigh.

It's hard to let go when we feel we don't deserve it. But, that same God who can't be disappointed is the same God who always FORGIVES AND FORGETS. :)

He's done with it and we should be too... though I have some stubborn cobwebs to eliminate. Easier said than done, sometimes.


Anonymous said...

Wonderful words daughter. Any disappointment you have ever given us has been more than covered by the blessing you are to us. Keep on writing and believing.

Anonymous said...

very nice... Nope, we can never surprise God can we.

Renee said...

I know deep in my heart that we can't disappoint God, but sometimes it really hurts to think we might have. I know it's satan...but it takes strong will to beat him back down to where he belongs. God knows what a bad decision I made and will make again (more than likely), and yes like WH said it is comforting to know that God knew what I was going to do and He had already figured it out for me. I just have to learn to let it go and count on His grace. Thanks for the wonderful post. Beautifully written.