Out of all the things you do as a Christian on your journey of faith, one of the most subtle and effective ways the enemy will attack your faith in the Lord is by breaking your vital, spiritual connection to His holy presence. Did you ever stop to think that Satan, in his former life as a worshipper before the Lord, might have a better understanding about the power of worship than you or I do? (Ezekiel 28:12-19) Satan will accept if you pray and He’ll let you read the Word of God and he will even tolerate Christian radio or let you check off “worship” from your list of things to do on a Sunday, but as soon as you start to truly unleash the spiritual weapons of war that God has given you, he sits up and pays attention.
Read the Bible, but don’t use Scriptures like a sword against Him. Pray, but don’t intercede or fast, or harness the power of your prayer language. Sing songs about Jesus, but don’t worship. Prayer, the Word and worship are real weapons with real power against a real enemy and when you start to wield those weapons with authority, you can expect a battle. Satan is not an enemy who likes to lose, and God never loses – so, fight, fight, fight- to the pain, to the ugly, to the blood, to the death: the death of fear, the death of pride, the death of pain, the death of past mistakes, the death of condemnation, the death of insecurities, the death of unforgiveness, fight against anything that keeps you weak and in pain and victimized. (Ephesians 6:12).
Some of the disappointments we walk through are simply the nature of the sinful fallen world, and some stem from setting our own expectations and God didn’t meet them.
If you’re struggling in your faith right now, your worship needs to concentrate and accelerate, but why worship a God you’re disappointed with? Why worship a God who didn’t come through as you expected Him to, as you’d hope He would? Why worship a God who hears and sees, but doesn’t seem to do anything about it? Why worship a God who could have changed things and didn’t? These are very real questions and the enemy will use your wrestling to get you to walk away from God in your heart. No, you won’t lost your salvation, but you’ll lose the joy of your salvation. Even David experienced that! (Psalm 51:12) The answer to those question is this: God isn’t that God, the one you’re asking those questions about. Those questions, while very real to us, are based on our expectations of who we think God should be and what we think He should do. Then, when He doesn’t meet those expectations, we become disappointed and disillusioned with Him and lose our desire to draw close to Him. What a subtle and effective tactic of Satan to disconnect you from the one thing you really need!!
Seek to discern within yourself the areas in which you are disappointed with God. Maybe someone died when you stood in faith that they’d live. Maybe you needed money and you trusted in God and you lost your home. Maybe you thought a miracle would come and it didn’t. Maybe you watched evil “win”. Some of the disappointments we walk through are simply the nature of the sinful fallen world, and some stem from setting our own expectations and God didn’t meet them. The antidote for disappointment is hope.
Thought for today
God has a hope and a future for you (Jeremiah 29:11). “Surely there is a future, and your hope will not be cut off.” (Proverbs 23:18) “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13) It is okay to be disappointed, but it’s not okay to let it take root in your heart because Satan will use it to suck away your desire to be near to the Lord – whom you blame.
The Lord meets His own expectations, not ours. He sees our lives and eternity from His perspective, not ours. As dark and awful as life can get, and as hard as it is to see bad things happen and as painful as it can be to watch something happen that God “could have” performed a miracle in and did not, we must be careful not to define who God is or what He can do based on our own understanding. (Proverbs 3:5-6) Worship the Lord as an act of faith and let the enemy know that your HOPE is in God, not your disappointment.