What made you think you could possibly ever disappoint God?

123Let me confess up front that I’m not proud that I peddled this kind of theology to family, friends and individuals in the faith community for many years in the beginning of my ministry. I believe it was motivated by youthful zeal and a lack of understanding about God’s nature and character. The intent was to motivate people to straighten up and act right. But the motive to sincerely help people with their lives did not at all justify the method and means of guilt and condemnation.

To convey to people that God is disappointed in them is a guilt-and-shame tactic of the enemy. A tool he uses to keep one wallowing in shame, guilt, and self-condemnation.

Can you still hear these words? “Don’t disappoint God!” “Do the things He expects you to do!” “Live up to what He requires of you so that He won’t be disappointed in you.”

Let’s think about this idea of disappointing God. Disappointment as I understand it, is the result of an unfulfilled or unrealized expectation. So, to be disappointed means that a person expects that an outcome will be one thing, when in fact it turns out in a different way. So does this suggest that God could be disappointed because He is never sure what you might say, think, or do that would displease Him? It suggests that He is waiting to see how things are going to turn out in your everyday walk, while hoping it will go well, so as to not be disappointed.

My understanding is that God is omniscient and that He knows all things. That means it’s impossible for Him to be disappointed. God, having created us, knows our possible actions and responses to Him and others, and dealt with this long ago.

When Jesus took our sin on Himself at the cross, He knew our capability to do what was right, as well as what was wrong. He dealt with all sin once and for all. This of course doesn’t mean I cannot still choose to sin, but if or when I do, I simply can thank him for the forgiveness he provided on the cross for my sin(s).

We might be disappointed in ourselves, but God can never be disappointed in us.

So what does God expect us to do? Let me first tell you what I believe He doesn’t want us to do, and that is be sin-conscious, always moping around focusing on our sins, failures and self-disappointment. He wants us to remain God-conscious and to live and abide in Him.

Sure it’s possible that we can still sin, stumble, fall and fail. While it may affect our fellowship with Him if we allow it to, it doesn’t change how He sees and still loves us in spite of our shortcomings. Remember His love and forgiveness was here before we were ever born, and will be here long after we are gone.

So what can we do? Listen to what Jesus said, “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser…Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me” (John 15:1,4).

If we want to enjoy peace in this life and produce good fruit, we must stay connected and allow God’s love, grace, mercy and forgiveness to flow through us.

Some final food for thought: Read Luke 15 and see if you can find where the Father in the story of the Prodigal Son showed disappointment. He seemed to be so happy His son was home. For someone reading today, this means it is time for you to come home to the Father. He is waiting for you with open arms. He’s not mad at you, He’s glad you’re His and you are home

About Ron

Ron and Anne founded the first Christian Fellowship Church in Harlingen, Texas in 1982. Ron presently serves as its apostolic overseer. He travels nationally and internationally motivating and challenging people to be effective in their call and ministry to their local church, their community, and the marketplace.

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