When God Disappoints Us
When God disappoints us it is because we want the wrong things. We want things that would be bad for us. He knows what is good for us. And He will certainly not give us anything that is bad for us. When we are disappointed by God we should really be disappointed with ourselves. Sometimes wise athletes motivate themselves with this adage: No pain, no gain. They are willing to work and have some pain in order to do their best to reach their goals.
Romans 8:28: And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
All things means all things. Bad things happen so all things must include bad things.
Psalm 119:71: It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.
James 1:2-2: My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; 3 Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. 4 But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
2 Corinthians 12:9: And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ*s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.
Genesis 50:20: But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.
Philippians 1:12: But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the gospel;
How can it be that bad things work for our good? First of all, bad things DO NOT work for good for those that do not love God. For them all things work together for bad, even good things.
I believe that Romans 8:28 refers to individuals who know a great deal about God and therefore love Him with a very great love. Individuals cannot love God if they know nothing about Him. If they know a little about God they can love Him a little. If they know a lot about God they can love Him a lot. There is wonderful wisdom in a secular song: To know, know, know Him is to love, love, love Him, and I do. I believe the song was written by a young woman about her young man but it is even more true of God.
The better we know God the more we will love Him. The better we know God the more we will know THAT He works all things for our good. The better we know God the better we will learn HOW He works all things for our good. The better we know God the better we will know WHEN He works all things for our good. The better we know God the better we will know WHAT THE GOOD THINGS ARE. If we do not love Him we will not know that He works for our good or how He works for our good or when He works for our good or what the good things are. Check yourself. If you doubt that He is working for your good, you do not know Him or love Him well enough.
We know that Heaven will be much better than the lives we live here on earth. Therefore most of the good will happen there. So how much of the good happens here on earth? God causes exactly the right amount of good that is good for us. And how much bad happens here on earth? God permits exactly the right amount of bad that is good for us.
Those that are the called according to His purpose are the same individuals that know Him and love Him. And they will have the same purposes that He has. Seeking His purposes will be the way that they demonstrate their love for Him.
Psalm 37:4: Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
If we delight ourselves in the Lord, we will delight ourselves in His purposes. Do we have the purposes God wants us to have? If we do we will never be disappointed.