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.”
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.”
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.”
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.