Words from the Heart for Sunday October 9th, 2016
Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.
Isaiah 49:23b (NIV)
Disappointment comes from expectations that aren’t met. Before we are tempted to judge God, we must stop and remember that the story of our life is not completed. Hope in Him – He still is working out His purpose in you!
Nashville Predators defenceman P.K. Subban admitted last month that he is disappointed that he was not chosen to be a member of the Canadian team for the World Cup of Hockey, but says he had no control over the decision to omit him. The former Montreal Canadiens star told a news conference he loves representing his country and that he’s had “tremendous success” when given that opportunity. Subban was left off the roster in May and again in August when Jay Bouwmeester was chosen to replace the injured Duncan Keith. “I would love to do it again,” Subban said. “Obviously, disappointed not being a part of it but there are some things I can control, there are some things I can’t, and that’s one I can’t.” The World Cup opened in Subban’s hometown of Toronto on September 17.
Every single human being is going to disappoint you at some point. We are all just that – human beings – and there isn’t a single perfect one on the planet. So the promise is that ours today is a particularly powerful one. Isaiah 49:23 says: “Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” The people of Israel have been through a difficult time as Isaiah writes this. The Kingdom is divided and most kings are far from the godly leaders that the Lord would have lead His people. But God makes a promise that the day will come when He will restore Israel. He uses the analogy of a loving mother who can never forget her children no matter how far they drift from her and from her God. When the Lord restores Israel, they will know that He is their God and the faithful ones, who have stood strong in the Lord during the challenging times will not be disappointed. This is a wonderful promise for us who follow Christ. There is much in this world that we know is far from God’s best. We look around us and wonder “how long, O Lord, how long?” But we are called to be strong during the challenging times, being salt and light in this world which the Lord created and loves. And when the time is right, and the Lord returns, we will not be disappointed.
These have been words from the heart.