God’s Divine Love is — Faithful

By   •   February 9, 2014   •   Topics:

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(Part 1 of 5 in a series exploring the depth of God’s great love for us.) 

“Those who hope in Me will not be disappointed.” —Isaiah 49:23

Disappointment is sneaky. It creeps in just as we’re feeling a little optimistic and deflates our hopes and dreams. It’s like a dark cloud slowly crowding out the light. That glimmer in our eyes quickly fades.

Maybe you have been disappointed when you didn’t get the job. Or did get the job and didn’t like it. Maybe you were disappointed that you failed the test or that your five-year plan didn’t pan out. Maybe you were excited about the new house but soon uncovered its many flaws.

Or perhaps you’ve been disappointed in your ungrateful spouse, in your kids’ bad behavior or in yourself for not being wiser, stronger, more patient.

As it turns out, that house you wanted, that man or woman you married, that job you got and the children you had aren’t perfect after all.

Disappointment leaves us jaded. Forget looking on the bright side. So long, enthusiasm. Once disappointment sets in, it’s harder to see all the good things about the one who disappointed you. It’s harder to be cheerful, to appreciate life’s blessings.

But God does not disappoint.

Lamentations 3:22-23 says: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.”

Think about that last word, “faithfulness.” That means that God pulls through. He’s loyal. He’s always here for us. He hears us, sees us and loves us unconditionally. Isaiah 49:23 says that those who hope in Him “will not be disappointed.”

But wait, you might say; of course God disappoints. That person you loved died of a terrible illness after you spent hours in prayer. God let you lose your job and allowed your family to drift apart. He knew you had that one dream and it never happened. He’s not answering you in time. He’s not giving you a break from all the suffering.

Then again, it’s not God’s job to do what we want anyway. And that’s good. Isaiah 55:9 puts it this way: “So are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”

God has our best interests at heart, and He wants us to live fulfilling lives (John 10:10). When we focus on Him—when we trust Him—our hope starts to outweigh our disappointment.

→ Continue to part 2 of the “5 Days of Divine Love” series here.

Disappointment Becomes Joy:  Read Billy Graham’s Daily Devotion on disappointment.

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  1. Willie says:

    I really wonder if God wants me to be happy. I attend church on a regular base for 10 years, I have kept my self every since. Every time I start feeling good about my self, something comes and snatch it away….God knows and He won’t do anything about it. I look at everybody else…..laughing, smiling, got wives and husband. I really gave it all up for God…feel like it in vain. I am a form. When will I be happy, I thought it was suppose to be some happiness in serving the Lord. HELP

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Willie,
      Your post reminds us of a poem called “Footprints.” A man sees two pair of footprints in the sand where Jesus has walked beside him throughout his life, but he notices that during the toughest times, he sees only one set of footprints. He wonders why the Lord would leave him during those times. But the Lord tells the man that He never left; the one set of footprints he sees are the times He carried him.

      No matter what people say about you, and no matter how your feelings about God may come and go, He is always here for you. Always. The Bible says in Lamentations 3:22-23, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” It might be hard to see His blessings, but be assured that He cares about you. He knows your name! He created you and loves you and has a purpose for your life. Psalm 139 is a great passage to read about that.

      If you want to talk to someone or pray with someone, we hope you will visit our website. Someone there will be happy to chat with you online: http://bit.ly/GodLoved