DayBreaks for 1/20/15: When God Lets You Down

DayBreaks for 01/20/15 – When God Lets You Down

From the DayBreaks archive, 1/20/2005:

 

Failure.  God.  Disappointment.  I find it interesting that people, whether they are Christians or not, are often prompted to blame God for what has happened in their life that has led to disappointment.  I guess it shouldn’t be so surprising – as long as we can blame someone, we feel better about things.  Especially when that someone isn’t ourself!

We are sometimes led to believe, if not say, “God, you let me down.”  What are we really saying and feeling at such times?  I think we’re really expressing to God that we’re frustrated that He didn’t behave as we wished He would have in a particular situation.  We are upset that He sees situations and evaluates them differently than we do, and that He then directs things in the way that He knows they should go – for our own benefit.  So it is strange that we should blame Him, but we do.  We feel that He’s betrayed us – even when He’s acted for our own good!

In Disappointment With God, Philip Yancey tries to help us have a different perspective on this sense of betrayal, when he wrote about a friend of his who had felt that God had “let him down”: “He felt exactly as he had when his fiancée abruptly cut him off.  But the prophets, and especially Hosea, communicate one message above all others: God is the betrayed one.  It was Israel, not God, who had gone a-whoring.  The prophets of Israel had expressed a profound disappointment in God, accusing him of acting aloof, unconcerned, silent.  But when God spoke, he poured out emotions pent up for centuries.  And he, not Israel, was the truly disappointed party. 

“What else can I do?”, God’s poignant question to Jeremiah points up the dilemma of an omnipotent God who has made room for freedom…human beings are like nothing else in nature.  God cannot (or more properly, will not) control them as a general rule.  Yet he cannot simply thrust them aside, either.  He cannot get humanity out of His mind.”

It’s true – God can’t get us out of His mind, even though it is WE who have betrayed and failed Him.  When you are tempted to think that God has failed you, read Hosea, read Jeremiah.  Remember that every sin is nothing short of a full-fledged betrayal of the One who loves you.

Jeremiah 3:20 (NLT) – “But you have betrayed me, you people of Israel! You have been like a faithless wife who leaves her husband,” says the Lord.

PRAYER: Forgive us when we act as if You have wronged us!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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DayBreaks for 06/05/12 – The Awesome Grounding of Our Hope

DayBreaks for 06/05/12 – The Awesome Grounding of Hope

Romans 5:3-10 (NIV) –  Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; 4 perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5 And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us. 6 You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. 7 Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. 8 But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him! 10 For if, when we were God’s enemies, we were reconciled to him through the death of his Son, how much more, having been reconciled, shall we be saved through his life!

Some folks seem to have a hard time accepting hope as a good thing.  Take, for instance, these two quotes:

#1: “He who had never hoped can never despair.” – George Bernard Shaw

Now, I can understand where he’s coming from, can’t you?  I’ve written before about disappointment, and how if we truly don’t expect something good and it happens, we’re joyful, but if we have high hopes/expectations that go unfulfilled then we are deeply disappointed.  But what would life be like without any hope?  We may not “despair” as per the quote, but neither, I suspect, would our lives be very joyful and our faces would be long consistently.  We’d mope and drag ourselves around, just waiting for the next hammer to fall on us.

#2: “Hope is the worst of all evils because it prolongs the torments of man.” – Nietzsche

I must say that I find Mr. Nietzsche to be one of the most depressing and tragic figures in history.  Talk about nihilism!  This guy had it in spades…and he seems to have been chronically dismal, trusting nothing, hoping for nothing, finding life devoid of meaning.  Why was life devoid of meaning to Nietzsche?  Partly because he dared not hope for anything.  Apparently, he was bitterly disappointed by the hopes he had once held which were shattered.

Contrast those views with the message about hope in Romans 5:3-10, that concludes in verse 5 that “hope does not disappoint us”.  Why?  Because God has poured out his love into our hearts.  And what has that love got to do with anything?  We were powerless, enemies, yet Christ died not for the godly (there were none!), but for the ungodly and has justified us by his blood.  The conclusion about this Christian hope: we will be saved from God’s wrath through Christ!  We were reconciled to God through Christ’s death!  We shall be saved through Christ’s on-going life and power!  THAT’S WHAT THE CHRISTIAN HOPE IS ABOUT…hope that forms the anchor for our souls.  Perhaps it would be more appropriate to say “Hope is the greatest of all blessings because it relieves the torments of man.” Our hope is grounded, not in what another human might do for us, but in what Christ HAS DONE for us already!

PRAYER: Let our hopes soar into the heavens with the confidence that our hope will not disappoint, either now or through ceaseless ages to come!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

I Am 2 has just launched another project: to put in a water system for what will be the only pediatric hospital in all of Rwanda!  If you are interested in learning more, go to our blog: http://iam2.org/blog to read about it and learn how you can help! We are trying to raise up a massive army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us deliver this water system through our partner, BeyondPoverty.org.

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DayBreaks for 05/29/12 – Disappointed?

DayBreaks for 05/29/12 – Disappointed? 

When is the last time you were disappointed?  Chances are it wasn’t very long ago…maybe just minutes.  Sometimes our disappointments can be rather minor: going to the cupboard in the morning to discover that there’s no coffee.  Perhaps it was when you got to the office and learned that someone else took credit for something you did and you are disappointed in their lack of integrity and of the gullibility of the boss.

Some disappointments, however, are much more significant: hoping to hear the word “remission” but not, hoping to hear back from your spouse “I love you” but hearing instead, “I want a divorce.  I don’t love you anymore.”

Disappointments are common and they are all disheartening and painful.  We hope for the best, willing to settle for what is good, but wind up with something less and we hurt.  Disappointment is one of the worst things humans experience, I believe.  That’s why I find the words of the apostle Peter to be so wonderful: 1 Peter 2:5-6 (NASB) – …you also, as living stones, are being built up as a spiritual house for a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 6 For this is contained in Scripture: “BEHOLD, I LAY IN ZION A CHOICE STONE, A PRECIOUS CORNER stone, AND HE WHO BELIEVES IN HIM WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED.

The latter part of this verse describes a coming day when disappointment will be vaporized.  Is it “pie in the sky” or just hopeful thinking?  If it were just a human being who made that statement, we would do well to be skeptical.  But it is not a human who makes that statement – it is God Himself who promises that anyone who believes in Jesus WILL NOT be disappointed.  What we hope for, what we long for, that which we can only dream of in our strongest and deepest heart – we will receive.  No matter what we face in the meantime, God says we will not be disappointed, that we will know and experience even more than what we hope for.

Disappointment, like death, will die at the hands of the Father!

PRAYER: Father, thank you for your great and precious promises, the guarantee that we shall not be disappointed for anything we do in following Jesus, nor will we be disappointed in the end, for we shall know that it was all worth it!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.

I Am 2 is now engaged in a project to provide temporary shelter, food, water and adult care to 37 orphans in Migori, Kenya.  We are trying to raise up an army of compassionate people who will each contribute whatever they can – even $5-10 each, to help us provide care for these children until our partner in the project, BrightPoint for Children, can secure sponsorships for these 37 kids.  If you want to contribute, follow this link and scroll down to find the “Donate” button: Help the 37 Migori Orphans

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