A Better Option

blogmistake-1966448__340In my post, “A Question to Ponder”, I posed the following question:

“Is it possible for us to disappoint our heavenly Father?”

Before I post my ponderings, I want to thank Tim McGee who posts on “Reflections from the Pew” for taking time to share his thoughts. His comments are included below. I hope you will stop by his blog. He has some good inspirational words to share.

“By definition, yes. To disappoint is to fail to fulfill what is hoped for. God has a plan for us and often we stray from that plan (we are allowed to do so by His gift of free will). But in the context of disappointment being manifest in feelings of regret or hopelessness, of course we do not disappoint our Heavenly Father. His mercy is always at the ready. His love never wanes or fails. And that, of course, is the beauty of our relationship with the Father–wherever we go, He will be there waiting for us to return to Him.” Tim McGee

My Thoughts:

My initial response is, “No”, we cannot disappoint God. He is omniscient. He knows exactly what we will choose. He knows us better than we know ourselves. He wants us to live in the victory that is ours but knows when and why we fail. He has no expectations from us but He does have an expectation for us…a hope of peace and a victory that overcomes this world now and in the end.

“O, LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.” Psalm 139:1,2

“Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that feareth him. For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.” Psalm 103:13,14.

“Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matt. 26:41.

“But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men. And needed mot that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.” John 2:24,25.

“For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succor them that are tempted…For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” Heb. 2: 18; 4:15.

God in His omniscience made the way for mankind to have hope, an expected end.

“For I know the thoughts I think toward you, saith the LORD,

thoughts of peace, and not of evil,

to give you an expected end.” Jeremiah 29:11.

No, God’s desire for mankind would not be fulfilled for His desire is found in 2 Peter 3: 9.

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

He also knows this desire will not be accomplished.

“Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7: 13,14.

Is God disappointed? I believe the better choice of words is grieved. He grieves over the lost one who rejects His Son’s sacrifice for sin. He grieves over the sins of His children. We can bring Him great distress.

“How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert! Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.” Ps. 78:49

Our sin limits the work of God in and through us. The good He desires for us is not accomplished. He grieves.

The Pharisees stood like vultures ready to pick their prey as Jesus called the man with the withered hand to come.

“And he saith unto them, Is it lawful to do good on the sabbath days, or to do evil? To save life, or to kill? But they held their peace.

And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.” Mark 3: 4,5.

A better option:

Delight: To bring great pleasure

It’s hard to imagine but we can bring our Creator, our heavenly Father, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ great pleasure.

“…such as are upright in their way are his delight.” Prov. 11:20b

“…they that deal truly are his delight.” Prov. 12:22b

“…the prayer of the upright is his delight.” Prov. 15:8

 “Thus saith the LORD, 

Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom,

neither let the mighty man glory in his might,

let not the rich man glory in his riches:

But let him that glorieth glory in this,

that he understandeth and knoweth me,

that I am the LORD

  which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth:

for in these things I delight, saith the LORD. “ Jeremiah 9:23,24.

It may seem Tim and I vary on our answers. Most of this variance comes down to a point of view concerning  definitions. The important thing to remember, “His mercy is always at the ready. His love never wanes or fails.”

May our hearts be set on bringing delight to our heavenly Father.

 

 

6 thoughts on “A Better Option

  1. You have good thoughts, Donna, and you express them well. I appreciated Tim’s input as well.

    I really wasn’t sure how to answer that question. It raised too many other questions for me. Is disappointment an emotion? Do God’s emotions compare to ours. As you pointed out, God has never even been surprised by what we do, much less shocked. Would surprise be necessary for disappointment? Or maybe expectation is a better word than surprise. Can one be disappointed when he already knows he isn’t going to get something he wants? It’s an interesting question.

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  2. I think we disagree less than it might seem. I really like you using the term grieving rather than disappointing. I was focused on that word, of course, because that’s what you asked. Gloria asks if disappointment is an emotion and that’s what I was trying to avoid. I used the dictionary definition, attempting to exempt emotion or negative connotation from the word. I think even knowing what I may choose leaves God, as you say, grieving. I often know what my children will do but don’t like that they made the choice they made.

    In the end, God is love. And that love never fades, never fails, never falters. God’s love is a combination of undeserved mercy and deserved justice. All of what God does is measured in love because that is all of who He is.

    Thank you also for pointing readers to my blog. I hope to inspire, if only inspiring myself, to live a life reflecting God’s love.

    Peace to you.

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  3. I agree that grieved is a better word. To be disappointed suggests higher hope than what was delivered and the Bible is clear, the only good in us is what Christ brings. What hope then might God have in us alone? In fact, I might go a step further and say that in ourselves God expects only failure. Christ alone is our sufficiency and when we choose to walk outside of that I believe that is what grieves Him. Great topic.

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