You walked down the road of rejection before…and you hoped that you would never travel it again. It was the road of abandonment and disappointment and shattered expectations. It was the road of hurt feelings, broken hearts, and betrayed trust.
Unfortunately, you didn’t realize how difficult that road would be until you were already on it. You stubbornly persisted along that road, but you regretted it. It wasn’t the road you thought it would be. In fact, it was quite the opposite.
Drowning in Disappointment
Your older sister—who you had always looked up to and had always wanted to be like—shared that she was moving in with her boyfriend and leaving the church.
Your father—who was your absolute favorite person in the whole world—explained that he was moving out of the house and putting down roots in a new state.
Your pastor—who had instructed you in God’s Word since you were a child—confessed to the church that he had had an affair and was resigning as senior pastor.
Your best friend—who you thought was loyal and genuinely cared about you—excluded you from a significant event in her life without explanation.
Your boyfriend—who you thought was going to propose in the very near future—told you that he wanted to break up with you.
You didn’t know you were capable of feeling this outraged. How could they be so self-centered and oblivious to your feelings? How could they be so careless with your heart? How could they lead you on for so long—even if it was unintentional?
Sadly, people will let you down. And, even sadder, Christians will let you down. They’ve let me down many times, but I know I’ve let them down many times, too.
That’s kind of depressing, right? I mean, if we can’t even trust our brothers and sisters in Christ, then who can we trust? Who’s left for us to hold onto? The Father offers us hope when we feel betrayed, rejected, and disappointed by the people we love.
Healing in Hope
I promise that I won’t stab you in the back. I won’t play manipulative games to gain your attention for a little while or to somehow boost My ego or My emotions. I will never reject you. Once you are Mine, you are always Mine.
You don’t have to wonder if I’m going to walk away. I am perfect. My heart toward you is perfect, and My love for you is too great to disappoint you.
I won’t betray your trust like your sister did. I won’t disappoint you like your father did. I won’t become entangled in sin like your pastor did. I won’t exclude you like your best friend did. I won’t leave you like your boyfriend did.
Entrust your heart to Me, and you won’t be disappointed.
Trusting in Truth
I’ve entrusted my heart to way too many people in my life. Thus, way too many people have disappointed me. Although this is difficult to admit, it’s partially our fault when people disappoint us. They can only disappoint us if we put too much faith, hope, or trust in them. No one deserves our hearts except the One who created them and holds them tenderly.
Do not trust in noblemen, in mortal man, in whom there is no salvation. His spirit departs, he returns to the earth; on that very day his plans perish. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, who made heaven and earth, the sea and everything that is in them; who keeps faith forever; who executes justice for the oppressed; who gives food to the hungry. The Lord frees the prisoners. The Lord opens the eyes of those who are blind; the Lord raises up those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the righteous. The Lord watches over strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, but He thwarts the way of the wicked. (Psalm 146:3-9 NASB)
Satan wants us to believe that we can’t find hope beyond the ups and downs of our friends and family members. But God offers us hope that doesn’t waver. We don’t find happiness when we put our hope in people, no matter how spiritual they seem. Rather, we find happiness when we put our hope in the Lord.