Monday, 12 January 2015

IT’S IMPOSSIBLE FOR ME TO DISAPPOINT GOD! - GOD IS GREATER THAN MY FAILURES – PART 6 OF 9


Let’s look at the principle topic of disappointing God and the “God that is greater than my failures.”
Do you disappoint God?  
Did you answer this question as ‘TRUE’?
Maybe you’re catching on to the idea that the answer is not that which is, at first glance, logical.
Let’s look into dictionary definitions once more…
Disappoint - Verb
  1. to fail to fulfill the expectations or wishes of - 
  2. to defeat the fulfillment of (hopes, plans, etc.); thwart; frustrate, 
It’s interesting that ‘to disappoint’ is a verb – it’s an action item.  

Verb: a word that is usually one of the main parts of a sentence and that expresses an action, an occurrence, or a state of being…

Most actions are voluntary or deliberate.  That is the essence of the meaning of a verb, it is ‘to do’ something.


I doubt very much if anyone of you set out on any given venture to deliberately disappoint God.  For you to think of yourself as a great disappointment, would infer that you have repeatedly, and deliberately, disappointed God.
Well, if this is what you think, I’m sorry to disappoint you with good news once again! 
This is how God sees us:
“For we are God’s masterpiece.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT 
Who are we to argue with God?  
Before you try and affirm that God might possibly be mistaken on this matter, and that He really should consider you a disappointment and a failure rather than a masterpiece, remember how sternly He answered Job, “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words?” Job 38:2  I really don’t think we want to go down that road!
Lest I be accused of quoting Scripture out-of-context, let’s read Ephesians 2:10 in full.  You can read the entire letter of Ephesians here.
“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”  
There is a lot to unpack in this one verse:
  • We are God’s masterpiece
  • He has created us anew in Christ Jesus,
  • so we can do
  • the good things
  • he planned
  • for us long ago.
Each and every one of us is a masterpiece.
In Christ, we have been created anew – we’ve been born again!
We have been created anew for a purpose.
God says, “We can do…” He’s not looking for ‘why-not’ excuses.
We have been created to do ‘good things’ – things that will specifically bring glory to God.
These are things God has planned.  Don’t think you can be a spoiler just so you can disappoint Him.  He’s omnipotent and you’re not. 
To emphasize this point I will quote Jeremiah 29:11  [God says], “I know the plans I have for you.” – not just any plans!  God’s plans are to give us a hope and a future.  Not a future of disappointments but a future filled with hope and blessing! And, if you read this passage in-context you will see that God speaks this promise to the Israelites while they were suffering as a consequence of humungous failure on their part!
There is also the question of whether it is practically possible to disappoint God?  The paradigm-shifting answer is simply, NO!  By virtue of the very nature of God it is simply not possible.
You see, the definition of disappointment is, “an unfulfilled expectation”.  Now God is both eternal (He exists outside of time) and omniscient (He is all-knowing).  This means He knows everything that has ever happened or will ever happen.  This is why God can say, to Jeremiah, I knew you before I formed you in your mother’s womb. Before you were born I set you apart and appointed you…” Jeremiah 1:5 If God knows everything you are ever going to do – there can be no unfulfilled expectations, ergo, it is impossible to disappoint God.
It is not the prerogative of the Christian to say, “If only this or that, things would have been different.”