God’s Divine Love is — Faithful

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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. Brad says:

    Hi, I want to know how this helps me, being a single man in my 50s who always wanted to get married. I have tried everything I can think of, yes praying for God to help me on this….I thought I had someone last year, a really good woman friend. She doesn’t want to get married again or at least to me and only wants to be my friend. It hurts very much. I feel as though I messed up God’s plan for this in my life and I just do not know what to…. Sometimes I feel as if God does not love me or care about this part of life for me to get married ……

    1. BGEA says:

      Hi Brad,

      We’re sorry to hear about your relationship. That must be very difficult, and we hope we can be an encouragement to you.

      First remember that you are not alone. Many of us have suffered heartbreak, but take comfort in knowing that God understands how you feel. He cares that you hurt. Think about this: The God of the universe knew you before you were born. He created you unique, knows everything about you and loves you unconditionally, no matter what. He says in the Bible that when you put our trust in Him, He never leaves you. And that’s a promise straight from God to you!

      Psalm 147:3 says God “heals the brokenhearted.” And Psalm 34:18 says He is “near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.”

      God understands pain. Because of His love for you, He sent His Son, Jesus, to die for your sins. Jesus was perfect and blameless, yet endured unimaginable pain in His death. He did that so that you can spend eternity in heaven with Him when you put your trust in Him.

      Know that God has a plan for your life, including your relationships. Pray and ask Him if it is His will for you to marry, and if so, ask Him for a wife who is committed to God and to you.

      If you would like to chat with someone, or if you would like to learn more about God’s love for you, click below. If you have access to a computer, we encourage you to use when visiting the site since chat might not work on a mobile phone.


      God bless you!
      – BGEA Team

  2. 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