4 Thirteen

Life and disappointment

In Luke 24, we find two men who are disillusioned and disappointed in their faith. Their understanding of the Messiah was not fulfilled in the way they had hoped or imagined. They had not understood that God’s symbol for victory was not the sword, but God’s method and symbol of victory was the cross. But, like many of us, in the midst of their hurt and loss these two men could not understand that. They simply knew this: Jesus was dead. What they had hoped for, what they had dreamed of had been dashed like cheap china on concrete. In response to their disappointment and disillusionment, they were walking away from the cross.
The truth is some of us have disconnected from God for the same reason. In some way, our hopes have been dashed. Whatever be the reason, we too are downcast and disillusioned. You might say our well of hope is drying up. Because of this we have chosen to distance ourselves or walk away from God.
I was pondering that thought this week and paused to write,

Sometimes people get disappointed with God
because life disappoints them.

Please let’s ponder something here, if you and I build our lives upon that framework, we will always live fractured lives. The reason is because we live in a fractured world and if we build our lives and faith upon the consequences of a fractured world, then the outcome will most assuredly be littered with disappointment and disillusionment. The reason for that is because the foundation of that principle is fractured to begin with. Any builder will tell you: A fractured foundation is a poor way to build anything. Mine and your faith is the same.
Our faith is built upon some constant constructs.

God is constant
Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

God cares
Deuteronomy 1:31, “And you saw how the Lord your God cared for you all along the way as you traveled through the wilderness, just as a father cares for his child.”

1 Peter 5:7, “Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.”

God listens
Psalm 34:17, “The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help.”

Psalm 116:1, “I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy.”

1 John 5:14, “And we are confident that he hears us whenever we ask for anything according to His will.”

God acts
Isaiah 65:24, “I will answer them before they even call to me. While they are still talking about their needs, I will go ahead and answer their prayers!

This is not a fractured foundation but a solid and consistent foundation built on our faith in Jesus Christ. Please don’t allow your faith to be determined by the consequences of a fractured world. The truth is . . . everybody gets disappointed; although there are different degrees of disappointment. Yet, in the midst of disappointment and disillusionment, God’s love for us is always the same. It never wavers and it is never fractured. It is always complete, total and without reservation. If you are going to build your life upon something, then build your life upon that.

3 thoughts on “Life and disappointment

  1. Chris Badgley

    Thanks for your post on the necessity to have our faith built on a solid foundation. It has to be based on God’s unchanging, immutable character in conjunction with His grace, forgiveness, and love. It is so true that when we, even momentarily, begin to think that disappointment in life is a reflection of God not taking care of us, we really do need to examine our faith. Jesus did say that in this world we would have tribulation, but take courage because He overcame the world (John 16:33).

    The great thing about our loving God, is that He did not leave those disciples on the way to Emmaus to continue in their despair, but Jesus gently came to them and sparked in them a rekindled faith… and didn’t their hearts burn within them! The Lord, in His grace, took them from despair and disappointment (and a possible crack in their faith-foundation), to being back in right relationship with Him and ready to share the gospel. He did this by sharing the Scriptures with them… “starting with Moses and all the prophets”… no better way to get that foundation repaired than having one’s faith strengthened through the Word and reinvigorated relationship with the Lord.

    Thank you for giving me something to ponder and share with my family!

    Chris Badgley

  2. Robert Ivy

    I have read your comment. They are very good in helping us stay properly focused. I got to church hoping to hear your sermon. Sunday, the 2nd, I could hear you. The previous Sunday, I could not, so I read the scriptures that were posted. Strange hearing! I appreciate the times that I can hear. Bob Ivy