What Are You Doing Here? | When People Disappoint Us | Call to the Lord
If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it…But it is you… my close friend… Psalm 55:13-14
Your candidate didn’t win, and you’re disappointed with the voting public. Your team lost, and you’re disappointed with the coaches. But you shake it off and go on. Disappointments are part of life, but when someone close to you lets you down, the disappointment is almost too much to bear. When your pastor, your mentor, your spiritual leader, or your best friend does something you thought they would never do, you take it personally. It stuns you. David was disappointed in a close friend, so he penned this Psalm that expresses how disappointment feels. Then he tells us what he did about it.
Verse 16 says, “As for me, I call to God, and the Lord saves me.” The Bible is incredibly honest. It never minces words or shades the truth, even about its heroes. It reflects the reality that life can be hard, people can be wicked, and God can seem uninvolved. But it also helps draw us away from our feelings and back to this truth: When we call to the Lord, He saves us. He saves us from despair, lack of purpose, and bitterness. He teaches us how to trust again. When our heroes disappoint us, God stays true. When friends betray us, we can call to the One who loves us more. He reminds us not to set our hopes on people, because people will disappoint us. They are changeable, but God never changes.
Final Thought: If people can disappoint us enough to drive us from God, then they are our gods.
Prayer: Lord, I’ve seen heroes fall and it has greatly disappointed me. But I have to remember that no matter how spiritual they seem, they are fallible humans. You are the only One who will never let me down. In you I trust. In Jesus’ name, Amen.