Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Source of No Disappointment - Martin Wiles

They cried out to you and were saved. They trusted in you and were never disappointed. Psalm 22:5 NLT
I thought we had a friendship bond—and perhaps we did—but they didn’t know how to respond. When the chips fell, they walked out.
Like most people, I’d experienced a few sour patches along life’s journey, but this one came without warning. Things moved along at a smooth speed—or so I thought. Then it happened. Words were spoken by a loved one. Words I thought I’d never hear. My world collapsed. My mind numbed. Overnight, things metamorphosed from good to bad . . . worse than bad.
Having friends and family to comfort you when life takes a downward spiral is important. My family did a good job. They came to my rescue more than once financially. They called regularly to check on me. But some of my professional friends—whom I thought cared about me—abandoned me. No calls. No visits. No, “We’re praying for you,” or “What can we do to help?” Only one of two stood bravely by my side. I was disappointed. Thankfully, I had my source of no disappointment to depend on.
Disappointment sprinkles life, but one person who will never disappoint is God. He didn’t the ancient Israelites—and He won’t me. They had spent 400 years in Egyptian slavery, but when they cried out for God’s deliverance, He didn’t disappoint them. He appeared to Moses in a burning bush and told him to lead His people to freedom. With God’s assistance, Moses succeeded.
I don’t always understand God’s workings in my life. His ways are higher than mine and beyond my understanding. My faith must take over during these periods of misunderstanding. Otherwise, disappointment will gladly move in. When I trust Him to move me through tough times—at His pace, in His timing, and with His methods—disappointment won’t taunt me.
Others can’t always be depended on. They’re human and will disappoint me. I’m sure I’ve delivered my share of disappointment to others unintentionally. God, however, doesn’t share this human quality. He is faithful to His promises. What His Word says, I can depend on. What He says He will do, He will do—and will forever. He is continuously by His children’s side, never leaving or forsaking them.
God will never disappoint you when you trust Him with your life. 

Prayer: Father, thank You for Your continual presence that guides us through every step of life—good and bad. 

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