“I’m not mad, I’m just disappointed.”
Ouch. Have you ever heard this before? These words are the last thing I ever want someone to say to me. Disappointment hurts, and feeling like you’ve let someone down is painful.
I make mistakes on a regular basis and I certainly fall short of God’s glory every single day. This has often led me to doubt the unconditional aspect of God’s love for me and wonder if my actions have disappointed Him.
Yesterday I was flipping through the Bible journal that I’ve been keeping this semester. It fell open to my notes on a sermon from almost 2 months ago. My eyes immediately landed on a quote I copied down from the speaker:
“God is never disappointed in you because of what Jesus did on the cross. On your best or worst day, He sees the perfection of Christ in you.”
This statement blew my mind when I originally heard it and again when I read it yesterday.
Disappointment is the displeasure or sadness that results from an unfulfilled expectation. This occurs when one outcome is expected, but another ends up happening. God is not surprised by anything. He is sovereign and knows exactly what every outcome will be.
While digging into this concept, I came across Hebrews 4:15-16 which says:
“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weakness, but One who has been tested in every way as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us approach the throne of grace with boldness, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us at the proper time.”
Wow! This passage is incredible and packs so much truth into 2 short sentences.
- God sympathizes with us
- It never occurred to me that God is able to sympathize with our struggles because He’s actually been through them too.
- We can come to God with our weaknesses and be met with absolute understanding.
- We can approach Him boldly
- Despite our sins and shortcomings, we can still approach God boldly, confident that His love for us is unchanging.
- It’s called the throne of grace for a reason
- I love this name!! The throne of grace. That sounds so inviting. When we mess up, we have the opportunity to stand in front of God at His throne and receive the mercy and grace that we do not deserve.
Our God is a God of forgiveness. Even when it’s hard to forgive ourselves, there is grace. God is not disappointed.
“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger and full of faithful love… He has not dealt with us as our sins deserve or repaid us according to our offenses… As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:8,10,12)
This is so reassuring! My mistakes do not define me. I am made new through Christ Jesus. God is not disappointed in me. I can live in freedom because of that, and so can you!