A thought by Kyle Idleman, (2013-02-19) from his book, Gods at War: Defeating the Idols that Battle for Your Heart (Kindle Location 387). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.
That makes sense doesn’t? Not comforting sense but challenging, honest introspective sense. It is too easy to put our intense hope and longing in the wrong things.
Kyle continues, “So if you were to identify your greatest disappointments, where would you point? The realm of career? The lives of your children? Your marriage or your sex life? Erwin Lutzer writes, ‘Have you ever thought that our disappointments are God’s way of reminding us that there are idols in our lives that must be dealt with?’”
I have been looking at some of the disappointments that I have had as a retired pastor. I mean there was so much more that I wanted to do and therein is my problem, that I wanted to do. God has been so good to me. I didn’t deserve the opportunities that I have had and that I today have. He is so gracious. Of course there were mistakes and failures but as we confess, God forgives those and uses those for His glory. And that is what life for Him is all about.
Remember, our intense hopes and longings are to be in Him. So why don’t you stop and honestly look at them and then give them to God. Again, out intense hopes and longings are to be in Him.
So what does your disproportionate disappointment reveal about you?