Sunday, September 4, 2011

Disappointing God

God is not disillusioned with us. He never had any illusions to begin with. -- Luis Palau

There is a simple truth in that statement that strips the devil of one of his favorite ways to torment us---guilt. I can't tell you how often I used to bemoan the fact that I had "let God down".  I could just imagine His profound disappointment in me when I missed the mark---or worse, didn't even aim for the target!  Then one day I heard a brilliant radio teacher simply state that since God knew everything about me before the foundation of the earth, since He knows the end from the beginning, since he knows my thoughts before I think them, because of that, I can never disappoint Him.  He has always known all about me and chosen to love me anyway.  There is such an incredible freedom in that knowledge.  It means I don't have to waste time beating myself up.  I can confess, receive the grace of His forgivness, and immediately move on with life.  He does not fall off His throne when I blow it yet again!  He knows I need a Savior; that's why He sent His Son to pay the price for all of my sin, past, present, and future.  That causes praise to rise in my heart until it bursts free in songs of joy!  There truly is One who will never leave me or forsake me.  The security and acceptance of this brings me to my knees in worship and makes me want to live the best life I possibly can as a response to such love. 
So if you're under a cloud of guilt today, if you've been avoiding your heavenly Father because you think He's mad at you, reject the lie of the enemy right now and fall into the arms of the One who loves you unconditionally, and eternally.