Another believer and I recently listened to the Christian song, King of My Heart. The words of the chorus – “You’re never going to let me down” – prompted a discussion between us.
“Those words aren’t always true,” said the believer.
“Really?” I said, not having a better answer at that moment.
“Those words certainly haven’t been true for me!”
Then, the believer proceeded to list various times how God had let the believer down. Most of these were financial disappointments with a couple of unexpected family deaths tossed into the mix. Our conversation died after a few minutes.
I returned to my work, but I spent the next few days meditating over the words of the song before I came up with a better answer.
So, does God ever let us down?
That is, God will always let us down if we view Him through our uncrucified American mindset which believes God is our Sugar Daddy in the sky who will keep us from any hardships or disappointments while we live here on earth.
Jesus warned us ahead of time about this when He said: “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
Brother Yun gives a pick-up-your-cross-daily point of view in his biography, The Heavenly Man:
Once I spoke in the West and a Christian told me, “I’ve been praying that the Communist government in China will collapse, so Christians can live in peace.”
“This is not what we pray!” said Brother Yun, a Chinese house church leader. “We never pray against our government or call down curses on them. Instead, we have learned that God is in control of both our lives and the government we live under. Isaiah prophesied about Jesus: ‘The government will be on His shoulders.’
“God has used China’s government for His own purposes, molding, and shaping His children as He sees fit. Instead of focusing our prayers against any political system, we pray that regardless of what happens to us, we will be pleasing to God.
“Don’t pray for the persecution to stop. We shouldn’t pray for a lighter load to carry, but a stronger back to endure. Then the world will see that God is with us, empowering us to live in a way that reflects His love and power.”
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. (Romans 8:28 AMP)
Once, we give our lives to the Lord, we become clay in the Potter’s hand. He uses every disappointment, affliction, persecution and whatever to mold and conform us into the image of His Son. The Father’s desire is that we might count everything else in our lives as rubbish when compared to knowing His Son.
So, does God ever let us down?
None of us will stand before Jesus at the Judgment Seat of Christ and accuse our Father of letting us down. This won’t happen, but sadly, many of us may be shown how we have let the Father down.
4 responses to “Does God Ever Let Us Down?”
Larry. What you say is so true. So often we think that God will give us this and that. He is after a covenant relationship with us. He grows us through our challenges. Then we can become like David, who intimately knew God and takes out Goliath in the name of God!
Thanks so much, Mr. Larry! I like how you take a moment, a conversation, before God and let Him answer. Ya, He hasn’t let me down either. I have let myself down though, at times! Blessings and truth for your week!
I love your analogy about David and Goliath. What a great insight! God. bless you.
I’m afraid my heavenly report card has a bunch of low grades on it, too. But it’s never too late to start afresh. God bless you.