Psalm 22: 4 &5 – In You our fathers put their trust, they trusted and you delivered them. They cried to You and were saved. In You, they trusted and were not disappointed. NIV
To disappoint is to fail to satisfy someone’s hope and wish or to make someone unhappy by not being as good as expected or by not doing something that was hoped for or expected. It could also mean to frustrate or thwart.
People, things, and circumstances can cause disappointment. We make promises we don’t fulfill or others promise us and don’t deliver. We don’t keep appointments, we break terms of agreements, and don’t keep our word. In our personal lives and business, we often fail to live up to the expectation of others.
When I started writing this post I hoped to talk about how others have disappointed or jilted us, messed up our day, not delivered on time or at all but I am impressed to follow another line of thought.
It’s easy to remember all the past and current disappointments and to build another temple of “me, myself and I”. It’s easy to give ourselves a pat on the back, feeling really pleased with ourselves as we finish reading this article. It’s easy to satisfy ourselves with how good we are and that we would have been even better but for the disappointment of others.
Instead, I would like to talk about how we have been a disappointment to God and ourselves. It all started in the garden of Eden. When God created the heavens and earth for us to have dominion and replenish it, He had expectations from us which were not unreasonable.
His desire was to have continuous fellowship with us, giving us all the trees and herbs except the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Needless to say, it was that very tree that we ate. I won’t say God was disappointed because Jesus Christ was slain for our sins ever before the foundation of the earth. Adam and Eve were however a disappointment but God being who He is was prepared for the disappointment.
From then until now we continually seem to be a disappointment to God. Look at what we have done to planet earth: global warming on the rise, pollution of the air, water and land. Wars, human trafficking, poverty, refugees, ruined economies, are the fallout of how we have disappointed God.
Personal and business relationships also show one disappointment after the other. Is it surprising to see how disappointment is part of our lives? We sowed the seeds in Genesis 3. At a point in Genesis 6: 5-7, the Bible says God regretted that He had made us.
One of my late dad’s favorite saying is – “ to whom much is given, much is expected” ( Luke 12:48). I would therefore like us to examine not how people have disappointed us but how we have disappointed God, others, and ourselves in that order. Of course, it’s easier to recollect how people have disappointed us but it’s better to put things into perspective by looking at the former.
Jesus Christ died that we may have light and be light bearers. He gave us living waters that should flow out of us to others. We have been given all things that pertain to life and godliness, exceeding great and perfect promises but are we living up to all God has invested in us?
I do not mean to put anyone down as I am also a part of the equation but I believe We can all be better. God has given us the potential. Perhaps now that the year is drawing to an end, before all the festivities of Christmas we can do some self-examination.
The good news is that God loves us so much that He will not give up on us. All we need is to repent and ask Him for more grace to live Him out.
Meanwhile when next you begin to get offended with someone disappointing you, remember how you have disappointed God and others too. To be continued,,,,,,,
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