What a let down…
The water pipe burst…my husband lost his wallet…my son’s computer didn’t record the song he had been practicing…a friend won’t return my call…
Life can be full of let downs, and so as I stood among the congregation at my church on Sunday and sang the words to “King Of My Heart” by J. McMillan; “You’re never gonna let, never gonna let me down,” I reflected on the Biblical truth behind the lyrics. It is true you know, God will never let us down.
So then, how do we reconcile that truth with the disappointments and ‘let downs’ we experience in life? It’s tempting to think God has let us down but his Word says (Deuteronomy 32:4 English Standard Version) The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.
Disappointment isn’t from God – it comes from within. It is a feeling and a response to my circumstances when they don’t go the way I expected them to go. And that can happen pretty often! I get an idea in my head about the outcome of something and then am totally caught off guard when it doesn’t actually pan out that way.
God, on the other hand, is never surprised at our circumstances; and therefore isn’t ‘let down’ by them. He sees every path in our life, whether chosen by us in rebellion or obedience, as an opportunity. For what? For good!
(Romans 8:28 English Standard Version)
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.
If we sin…it is an opportunity for us to repent.
If we obey…it is an opportunity for Him to bless us.
If we fall…it is an opportunity to see God’s character from our knees.
If we are on a spiritual mountaintop…it is an opportunity to see the breathtaking panorama of God’s great love for us.
At times, from the mountaintop vantage point, I seem to see and achieve the reality of Isaiah 40:31 (English Standard Version)
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
It is a wonderful thing when our spiritual wings are spread in victory, our spiritual eyesight is keen, and the world’s problems below us are in their proper perspective. But there will come a time when instead of soaring like an eagle, I feel like I am in the free fall of disappointment again; when life isn’t going the way I planned and feels like it’s falling apart. In those moments, my eagle wings seem to fail. But it is in those moments that I need to be reminded of another Biblical aviary image…
(Deuteronomy 32:11-12 English Standard Version)
Like an eagle that stirs up its nest, that flutters over its young, spreading out its wings, catching them, bearing them on its pinions, the Lord alone guided him, no foreign god was with him.
Sometimes, like the baby eaglets, we must be pushed out of our comfort zone and into a growth zone; and if our flesh should fail us in those moments, it becomes an opportunity for our Heavenly Father to swoop down beneath us as we fall and catch us. The parent eagle literally swoops in under the falling chick and catches them on its back, its pinions, carrying them to safety.
This passage gives us a beautiful image to apply to the times when we are free falling in disappointment and questioning where God is in the midst of it all.; but God doesn’t allow it so He can stand back and laugh at our misfortune. No! It is an opportunity for us to fly, to spiritually soar on wings like eagles; or to experience the sure provision of being carried by our Heavenly Father when we are too weak.
Now, most of us would prefer that we don’t experience anything in life akin to being thrown out of a nest. However, Jesus himself told us that in this world we would have trouble – but not to fear because He has already overcome the world. Hallelujah! There will be let downs, but Christ will not let us down in the midst of them. There is no rock bottom for the Christian who is clinging to Christ. There is only a Rock of refuge.
He never lets us down.
The Lord upholds all who are falling and raises up all who are bowed down. (Psalm 145:14 ESV)
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cries for help and rescues them. (Psalm 145:19 ESV)
Remember, Brothers and Sisters, in the midst of your disappointments, that God does not disappoint us. He is our Loving Father. He is faithful. He is our Rescuer.