By far, the chapter I expected to be most affected by in Davis’ book, “10 Things Jesus Never Said,” was chapter three.
You are constantly letting God down. With every new day, he has a fresh and full slate of hopes and dreams for your life, but by the end of each day, he’s facing the ugly reality that you’ve failed to be all that he hoped you would. Once again, you haven’t lived up to God’s expectations. (pg 51)
Again, well-versed Christian that I am, I don’t really believe this, do I? Well, if our behaviors are the truest indicators of our beliefs, then yes, sadly, I do believe that God is terminally disappointed in me.
Many children formulate their perspective of God in the image of their earthly fathers. Ironic, since we are made in HIS image, not the other way around. My father was generous with affection. He spent plenty of time with each of his daughters and met every one of our needs. However, like all earthly dads, he is human. And, consequently, so are his daughters. We made myriad mistakes. We let him down. And I remember his grimace, the downturn of the corners of his eyes and the straight lips that pressed together – that face meant Daddy was disappointed.
According to Davis, disappointment has everything to do with expectations. We set our hopes or expectations on something or someone, and the inevitable shortfall results in disappointment. He gave a perfect example: You cheer for your favorite sports team, expecting them to do well, when they don’t play up to your expectations, you’re disappointed.
What’s the good news? What is the truth that exposes the mantra, “You’ve disappointed God,” for the fraud that it really is?
GOD KNOWS EVERYTHING! HE DOESN’T HAVE A SINGLE EXPECTATION. FROM THE DAY YOU WERE CONCEIVED AND BEFORE, HE HAS BEEN INTIMATELY AWARE OF EVERYTHING YOU WILL EVER DO. Therefore, you can’t fail to meet His expectations.
Davis gives a couple of Biblical examples, that you’ll have to read the book to understand. The Bible has no shortage of flawed heros and heroines.
On a personal note, as I finished this chapter, I remembered God’s word in Matthew 5:48, “But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.” In Philippians 2:5, we are told to have the same attitude as Jesus Christ. Just today, someone I love dearly has disappointed me. I don’t think I can completely avoid that emotion. But, Davis’ book has caused me to consider my response to that person. I don’t want to cause them to despair, as I feel when I believe I have let God down. I want to love in such a way, that my disappointment resounds with forgiveness, humility and mercy.
AT THE END OF THIS WEEK, I WILL BE GIVING AWAY A COPY OF THE BOOK, “TEN THINGS JESUS NEVER SAID: And why you should STOP believing them.”
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