How many times have you found yourself avoiding God because you could feel his disappointment?
I know that I’ve done this often. I used to feel like I needed to perform all the time so that God would be happy with me and like me more. And when I stopped doing it right, failed to have a “quiet time” every day, forgot to pray, chose to do things I knew were wrong, well, then I knew that He was disappointed in me so I avoided Him.
Guess what? God is not disappointed in you. God doesn’t get disappointed!
Before you get defensive and stop reading, let me explain. I’ve searched the Bible to find God’s disappointment and it’s just not there. Disappointment is a purely human emotion. Why? Because in order to feel disappointment, you have to have higher expectations for someone than they can (or choose to) meet. God doesn’t have higher expectations for us than we can meet. He knows everything about us including the depths of our sin and He chooses to love us right there in the middle of it. Nothing surprises Him!
In the Bible I have found instances where God was angry about sin and sad about sin, but never disappointed. I don’t know about you, but I find that freeing!
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” Romans 8:1. No condemnation, ever. When we chose to believe that Jesus Christ paid for our sins by His death on the cross, our sins are gone. God doesn’t see them anymore and there is no condemnation. He is not disappointed in us. He delights in us. God just wants us to enjoy the freedom we have been given to know Him and be His child!