Do you think God’s disappointed in you? He’s not. You cannot shock or disappoint God. How can I say such a thing? Because the Bible says that we were chosen “according to the foreknowledge of God the Father” (1 Peter 1:2). In other words, God knew everything about you and me before we were born, before He chose us.
He knew everything He was getting in me, yet still chose me to be His child and to represent His Kingdom. That is not a pass to misbehave. It is an incentive to get up when I fall down—to press on. God knows He did not make a mistake in choosing you or me. He will fulfill His purpose in us. He knows the Spirit won’t fail to form Christlikeness in us (1 John 3:2-3).God knew everything He was getting in us, yet still chose us to be His children. That is not a pass to misbehave. It is an incentive to get up when we fall down—to press on. #grace Click To Tweet
We disappoint when we fail to meet someone’s expectations. Since God knew everything about me before I was born, my falls don’t surprise Him. Not understanding the depth of sin’s influence, I’m shocked and disappointed with myself when sin rears its ugly head. But God isn’t.
I imagine Him thinking, Dear child, you think that is bad, you haven’t seen the half of it. There is more where that came from. But My Son’s blood covered that too!
I may not disappoint God, but I can sadden Him. When I cave in to sinful impulses and disobey His wise standards, I hurt Him, myself, and others. Knowing this would happen, God provided the blood of Jesus to continually wash us, so we can continue the process of being transformed into the image of Christ (1 John 1:5-10).
Wallowing in self-condemnation and guilt paralyzes us and sidelines us from our higher calling. Holding on to shame is destructive and makes us self-conscious instead of Christ-conscious. Just as God knew Adam and Eve would fall, David would miserably fail, and Peter would deny Him, He knew you and I would mess up. Yet, He still chose them—and us—to be part of His forever family and build His kingdom on earth.Wallowing in self-condemnation and guilt paralyzes us and sidelines us from our higher calling. Holding on to #shame is destructive and makes us self-conscious instead of Christ-conscious. #forgiven Click To Tweet
What have you done to disappoint yourself? Admit it to God and experience His forgiveness. He already knows; He’s not shocked. He stands ready to restore you and get you back on track. He loves you with the love of a perfect Father.
Adapted from Give Yourself a Break
Two July summits:
- Rebound Your Highest: Come back stronger after the struggle.
Check out the other speakers’s topics. I’ll be speaking on “How to Turn Messy Emotions into Mighty Faith.” Register here.
- Savvy Homeschooler
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