You messed up again. How could you be so stupid? Are you really that hopeless? You have a better shot at fighting a shark on the sixth Sunday of the month than fixing this mess. The wreckage is as mangled and twisted as the election. You’re a disappointment. To yourself. To your family. To God. You were appointed to do something, and you failed. Miserably.
No. You’re failing miserably to believe the truth.
God is omniscient. He knew you wouldn’t conduct yourself in a way that meets His standards. Disappointment requires surprise; it results from unmet expectations. It is impossible to disappoint God.
Incredulous? Go look up Bible verses that use the word disappointed. Find one place where God tells His children that they are a disappointment. Does He say He is disappointed in Cain? How about David when he committed adultery? Or the prostitutes and Pharisees?
I don’t see it.
The word disappointed is almost nonexistent in Scripture. And it is never used to describe how God feels.
What I do see is God telling me that my identity is not reflected by my failures. He writes the word loved next to the definition of my name. He lets me know that I don’t have to earn His approval. Or His love. Or His hugs.
I am free to do things within His will because He is already pleased with who I am. I can rest in His love because He gave that love to me before I was born. I don’t have to earn anything, so I can eagerly allow my actions flow from what is flowing into me.
My actions may cause offense to Him. He may choose to experience pain or anger as a result of my actions. The destruction catalyzed by my sin is repugnant to Him. He wanted to bless me and others with the good things that sin has marred. But with me, He is pleased because my identity is built upon Him.
Any arrows labeling me as a disappointment are from the enemy. That is not how God responds to our sin. He blesses us with the feeling of guilt. Guilt is supposed to generate a repentant heart that is better able to receive God’s other blessings.
But too many of us require CPR (Christ Providing Rescue) to revive us while we drown in our guilt. Or to shock our hearts back into a state that is capable of feeling guilt. In either state, we are not free. A lack of oxygen and a lack of water both create critical conditions in our spirit.
It’s time to walk out of the prison cell of guilt. The door has been ripped off of its hinges. No more playing the victim. Our chains lay mangled in the corner. They are so disfigured that they have lost their power to take our power. So stop trying to pick them up. They no longer work. Leave them there and walk out. God’s beautiful masterpieces don’t belong in prison cells.
Here is a phenomenal video about how God sees us. It has helped me dramatically. You are God’s original masterpiece, and you cannot disappoint Him. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=3QCkBL2DfVg