The sting of disappointment — we all know that a little too well, huh?
It’s the man who was supposed to love and cherish you for all the days of your life, who now can’t seem to find a single nice thing to say to you.
It’s your spiritual mentor, your pastor, or favorite Christian reality family that seems to have it all together. You desire to be just like them, and then you find out they are human, too.
The friend, who you shared your deepest hurts with, that then went and shared them with all who would listen.
Even our Biblical ‘heroes’ disappoint us when we want to them to be more than they are — giving them roles that they were never supposed to fill. (David, Samson, Peter. . .)
As I was reading Judges, I couldn’t help but be disappointed in the “hero,” Gideon, for making an ephod that the Israelites ended up worshipping instead of God.
Didn’t you see this coming, dude? These people want to worship anything and everything BESIDES God!
Before I really let Gideon have it for being a nincompoop, I felt a stirring in my heart. He’s not the hero of this story. Gideon, flawed and human as he is, was the vessel God used for His victory. God was the hero. God is who saved the Israelites time and time, again.
Which leads me to. . .
Why We All Disappoint Each Other
To disappoint means to fail to fill the hopes and/or dreams of someone else.
I’m sure — given that definition — we have all been on both sides of that equation. How many times have we disappointed our parents, our teachers, our spouses, our children? And, oh yes, they have failed to fill our hopes and dreams, too.
Sometimes we are disappointed because we have placed too high of expectations on each other. And then there are the people who intentionally hurt us for whatever reason. But regardless of their why, our disappointment comes from putting our hope in them.
So now, where do we find our hope?
Sweet Divine Hope for When Others Disappoint You
Our God will never disappoint. He never makes hasty decisions. His plan is always good — even when it doesn’t seem like it.
And no matter what else happens, our Hero has already saved the day, and nothing — ABSOLUTELY NOTHING — can separate us from the love of Christ Jesus.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
– Psalm 20:7
And make no mistake, God doesn’t need anyone of us to fulfill His will — and yet he invites us in all the same. It’s a privilege to be part of the story — fully loved and fully human. But we are no heroes. And neither are our friends, family members, or spiritual leaders.
So what do we do if God is the only one faithful enough to be trusted? We spend more time with Him than anyone else. We seek Him all hours of the day. We add more Scripture to our days. We pray more. We thank Him for all that we have — both here and as an inheritance with Him. We turn to Him first — always.
Others will still disappoint us, of course, and we will still unfortunately disappoint them. It’s part of the package of doing life with other people. But when our hope is secure in Christ, we have the freedom and the power to acknowledge the hurt and forgive.
We know this pain is not the end. We have hope for a future that is so ridiculously more awesome than this moment. He will wipe away every tear. We will dance and praise His name forevermore. Hang in there, sister.
Give him your disappointments, sweet beloved child of God. He is trustworthy.
Love well, sweet friend.
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