“YOUR GREATEST DISAPPOINTMENT”

“NOW I AM ABOUT TO GO THE WAY OF ALL THE EARTH. YOU KNOW WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND SOUL THAT NOT ONE OF ALL THE GOOD PROMISES THE LORD YOUR GOD GAVE YOU HAS FAILED. EVERY PROMISE HAS BEEN FULFILLED; NOT ONE HAS FAILED.” JOSHUA 23:14 NIV

PROBABLY SEVERAL TIMES IN YOUR LIFE, YOU HAVE FELT THE ANGUISHING PAIN OF DISAPPOINTMENT. MAYBE, IT WAS THE LOSS OF A JOB OR FINANCIAL RUIN. IT COULD HAVE BEEN THE DESTRUCTIVE HURT OF A DIVORCE OR A PERSONAL FAILURE. GIVEN ALL THE DISAPPOINTMENTS YOU MAY HAVE KNOWN, THE GREATEST MAY BE THE DISAPPOINTMENT IN A LOVED ONE. PERHAPS, A CHILD WHO MADE A SERIOUS WRONG DECISION AND FOUND THEMSELVES CONVICTED OF A CRIME WAS A GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT. MAYBE, YOU FOUND THE GREATEST DISAPPOINTMENT IN THE UNFAITHFULNESS OF A SPOUSE. OTHERS MAY HAVE FOUND DISAPPOINTMENT IN WATCHING HELPLESSLY AS A LOVED ONE WAS DEVOURED BY ALCOHOL OR DRUGS.

WE CAN SUM UP ALL OF THESE IN AN EXPLANATION: “OUR GREATEST DISAPPOINTMENT IS THE UNFULFILLED EXPECTATIONS WE HAVE OF OTHERS.” IT IS NOT THE DIVORCE, OR SOMEONE’S DRUG ADDICTION THAT IS DISAPPOINTING IN ITSELF. THE DISAPPOINTMENT IS THAT WE EXPECTED MORE OF THAT PERSON. OUR EXPECTATION OF THEM AND OUR EXPECTATION OF THEIR ACTIONS WAS LESS THAN WHAT WE DESIRED OF THEM.

WHAT ABOUT YOU? HAVE YOU FAILED SOMEONE? HAS SOMEONE VERY SPECIAL HELD OUT FOR THE VERY BEST FOR YOU AND YOU FAILED NOT ONLY YOURSELF BUT THEIR EXPECTATIONS AS WELL? YOU CAN DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT. IT MAY SEEM LIKE AN UNBELIEVABLE TASK TO UNDO, BUT ONLY YOU CAN REPAIR THE DAMAGES DONE. IF YOU FAILED SOMEONE’S EXPECTATIONS, THERE IS A MORE THAN GOOD CHANCE YOU HAVE FAILED YOURSELF AS WELL.

IF YOU HAVE FAILED YOURSELF OR FAILED SOMEONE ELSE, YOU HAVE FAILED GOD. GOD WANTS THE VERY BEST FOR YOU. HE GAVE YOU HIS HOLY WORD FROM GENESIS THROUGH REVELATION TO TEACH YOU WHAT HE WANTS OF YOU. NOT ONLY DOES HE TELL YOU HOW HE WANTS YOU TO LIVE, GOD ALSO TELLS YOU OF HIS REWARDS TO YOU.

IF YOU DON’T FEEL GOD’S REWARDS, MAYBE YOU HAVE NOT FULFILLED HIS EXPECTATIONS OF YOU. GOD PROMISES HAVE NEVER FAILED YOU. SHOULD YOU DISAPPOINT GOD? IT IS NOT ABOUT PERFECTION. YOU CANNOT BE PERFECT AS CHRIST. ONLY CHRIST IS PERFECT. IT IS BEING AS CHRISTLIKE AS POSSIBLE.

IT IS NEVER TO LATE TO CORRECT A WRONG BY TAKING A GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT AND TURNING IT INTO A GREAT REWARD.

TODAY’S PRAYER: “LORD, MY GOD, PLEASE FORGIVE ME FOR DISAPPOINTING YOU. HELP ME UNDERSTAND WHAT I NEED TO DO TO CORRECT MY ACTIONS AND THOUGHTS IN ORDER TO REDEEM MYSELF. LET ME RELY UPON YOUR STRENGTH TO GO TO THOSE WHO HAD FAITH IN ME WHOM I REJECTED BY MY CHOICES. MAKE ME STRONGER THIS DAY. AMEN.”