We went to our former church in Batavia this past weekend and heard a wonderful sermon by Pastor Keith. That, coupled with some struggles that friends are going through have struck a cord with me. God is not the one that causes our disappointments, we either cause them or contribute to them ourselves or other people cause them or contribute to them.
What causes disappointments....unmet expectations. Sometimes our expectations are just too high. I experience this quite regularly when dealing with our son, I have to consistently remind myself that he is not even 3 years old yet and readjust my expectations of his behavior and attitude. Other times, people through their own failings and the work of the devil, fall far short of our realistic expectations.
So what's a person to do? We need to set realistic expectations and remember what is important to God. The airwaves abound with prosperity gospel teaching and while God promised a lot of things (both good and bad), He did NOT promise us an easy life of continual spiritual bliss. The struggles WILL come and God may not deliver us OUT of struggles and persecution, but He WILL give us strength and endurance in our times of need.
Remember, God doesn't disappoint, people do.