God is Not Disappointed

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!

4 thoughts on “God is Not Disappointed

  1. Great post. Good points. Could you share some examples of instances in the bible you were talking about? Where might I be able to find this for myself? Thanks for the encouragement.

    • The Bible is silent on the idea of God’s disappointment. Think of David’s sin with Bathsheba. God sent Nathan to confront him but there was no disappointment involved, just confrontation and repentance and forgiveness. In the New Testament, the Pharisees bring Jesus a woman caught in adultery and want him to agree to stone her. Instead, he gets down in the dirt with her, forgives her, and tells her to go and leave her life of sin. Again, no disappointment. Peter denies Jesus at His arrest, but the next time they see one another, Jesus doesn’t even mention it. Jesus affirms His love for Peter and tells him about the plan He has for Peter’s life. No disappointment. These are three examples where we would humanly expect some but it’s just not there!

  2. This is something that I’m only now beginning to realize after all these years. It’s so nice to hear you say it so black and white. Sometimes I doubt myself because the idea of God not being disappointed in me is so foreign. Especially when it comes to “quiet times.” I completely identify with that!

    Thanks for the encouragement!

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