Have I disappointed God?

My times are in your hands. (Psalm 31:15)

When we make mistakes it’s natural to imagine that God is disappointed with us. We project our regrets upward and say, “I let you down, and I know you are disappointed with me.” But he isn’t. It is impossible to disappoint God.

Since God knows everything you’ve ever done and will ever do, you can never surprise him or let him down.

He knows what you did last summer. He knows what you’re going to do next winter. The amazing thing is not that he knows, it’s that he loves you regardless.

“I knew you were going to do that, but my love for you is undimmed.”

When Judas showed up with thugs in the garden, Jesus wasn’t surprised. He didn’t say, “Three years of quality time and now this? Judas, you disappoint me.” Instead, he called him friend.

When Peter denied Jesus three times, Jesus wasn’t surprised. He didn’t say, “You’re a walking-talking disappointment.” He said “Peace.”

Don’t ever imagine that God is disappointed with you.

Disappointment is what happens when our hopes and dreams don’t come true. Disappointment is what you get when reality falls short of expectations. God never has this experience. The one who sees the end from the beginning always expects what he gets and gets what he expects.

Do you know why God will never be disappointed with you? It is not because he has low expectations or no hopes and dreams for you.

It’s because his hopes and dreams always come true.

Question of the week: What is the fear of the Lord?

Word of the week: Love

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By Paul Ellis

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  1. There is so much safety in Christ, no better love that I have ever known. I am glad He is my Father, so reliable

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