“Jesus did not commit Himself unto them . . .for He knew what was in man.” John 2:24-25

Not one of us has attained perfection, yet we are disappointed when someone we respect disappoints us by their attitude or action. Only Jesus’ earthly life was perfect.

We know that no one is perfect, yet, when a friend, a teacher, a leader, a child or spouse disappoints us, we so often become judgmental, hurt, bitter or cynical—even mean.

The reason we react this way is because we are expecting them to be perfect—like Jesus. When we become disillusioned with people, instead of us relying on God’s grace to change them, we will always be disappointed. However, we can choose to have a Christ like attitude when we experience these disappointments.

Oswald Chambers wrote in My Utmost for His Highest, “Our Lord trusted no man; yet He was never suspicious, never bitter, never in despair about any man, because He put God first in trust. He trusted absolutely in what God’s grace could do for any man.”

We have the Holy Spirit at work within us, “ For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.” Philippians 2:13.  God is pleased when we are as gracious and merciful with others as He is with us.

Have you been disappointment in others lately?  Ask Jesus to enable you to have His attitude toward them.  Forgive and love!

Lord Jesus, next time we are disappointed in someone’s action or attitude, please remind us that God is not finished with them yet—that His grace is sufficient to change them. Thank you for empowering us to keep loving them.  Amen


But I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth.” Exodus 9:16

When in comes to the Christian walk, there are three P’s:

Prayer
Power
Purpose

Prayer is the most powerful tool we have for fulfilling God’s purpose. When a car has a wobbly tire, it is hard to steer it straight. It keeps wanting to veer off. Prayer brings our mind, heart, and spirit in alignment with God the way a mechanic aligns the tires. It keeps us going in the right direction. Prayer is a privileged conversation with the Almighty, which requires listening as well as talking. It reminds us of God’s power when we humble ourselves and trust. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16b)

Power is an elusive thing, except when it comes to God. He has power over everything, yet He grants us the free will to accept it or not. Many people find this to be a stumbling block because they wish to retain power. But once a person experiences the power of God, they soon fall to their knees in awe, and their response is prayer. They discover a new purpose–letting go and letting God. They learn freedom is bliss inside boundaries. They are no longer tethered to the lie that they have to be in total control. For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever. (Lord’s Prayer)

Purpose – most of us at one time or another ask ourselves what our purpose is in life, or if life itself has a purpose. The answer is found in our relationship with God. Job knew this even after he went through more calamities than a person should ever have to experience. He said, “I know that you can do all things; no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” (Job 42:2). The Christian has two purposes, which Jesus stated all else rests upon–Love God, love neighbor. (Matthew 27:37-40). Neither is easily accomplished without the Holy Spirit’s guidance in our lives, giving it purpose.

The initial Scriptural quote from Exodus is concerning Pharoah and his hardened heart. I chose it as an encouragement. God has a purpose for everything and everyone. He used Pharoah to show His power not out of some ego stunt but to show His people, the Hebrews, that He was with them and would not forsake them. It was also to show Pharoah that he was not a god. His power was limited.

Today there is persecution in ways we have never experienced, and some say it will only get worse. Society will continue to crumble into chaos, morals will keep declining, and life will be further devaluated.

Fear not. God has the power and a purpose. We can seek that and receive it through prayer, bringing power and purpose to our lives and those of others.

God will never leave you empty.