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Human Beings Are So Disappointing


When important events occur in the big wide world, and especially when they occur in my little world, I have all these thoughts about those events bouncing around in my head, and sometimes those events that happen are so overwhelming that I can't put a stop to the bouncing thoughts.

And that's when they have to come out. Usually that happens at home, and my kids, who are the closest in proximity, get to hear all my lectures about how things ought to be and my pontifications about why things aren't always as they should be.

But when my kids have heard all my thoughts about a particular topic or when that topic is too heavy or mature for them to fully understand, then I turn to you people. You can see examples of those kinds of posts when I talked about the HPV immunization that I passed on for my teen daughter [2] and sex education being discussed in Sunday school [3].

What I'm trying to say is ... Smockity's fixin' to get all preachy up in here, so buckle up.

And I am mainly getting preachy with myself, because I sometimes forget important lessons until I am jolted into remembering them once again.

So, today's lesson is People Will Disappoint You.

Seems simple enough, doesn't it? I hope you don't think it is pessimistic, because it isn't. It's realistic. Write it down. Put it in your wallet. You'll need to remember it soon enough. Like I did today.

You see, I'm a jolly, optimistic person, so I tend to think the very best of people. I give them the benefit of the doubt and assign them pure motives. You might say that I tend to put people on pedestals, and once they are there I expect a lot from them.

The problem with that is people are fallible. "For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God." (Romans 3:23 [4]) And I don't mean fallible like saying "dang", either. (Sorry if I just fell off your pedestal!) I mean big, whoppin', major league fallible.

Like King David. He took another man's wife, got her pregnant, and then had her husband killed to try to cover up his big, whoppin', major league sin. [5]

David was hand picked by God to be king. He had faith enough to challenge a giant. He was called "a man after God's own heart", yet he made terrible choices more than once. In fact, judging from the way his children turned out, I have to wonder what kind of a father he was.

Pretty disappointing for such a man of God, I would say.

The thing is, when we think to ourselves, "My preacher/elder/mentor/Uncle Bob would NEVER __(fill in the blank)___", we are setting ourselves up for disappointment. Because they are mere people. And people sin. "If you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must rule over it.” (Gen. 4:6-7 [6])

And sure enough the day comes when the preacher/elder/mentor/Uncle Bob ___(fills in the blank)___. And if you're a pedestal putter upper, like me, you are shocked. Speechless. Struck dumb. You wonder, "What in THE WORLD is he thinking? Why? WHY would he do such a thing? How could he be so selfish and foolish?"

Because you have forgotten that people will disappoint you.

Therein is the reason Jesus came to seek and save the lost. We are the lost. All of us. We all have sinned and disappointed.

If there were one single person who would not disappoint, who would never sin, then there would be no need for Jesus' atoning blood.

Praise God for grace. Jesus saves. The good news is that every sinful act that disappoints has a chance to be a beautiful picture of redemption [7]. Thank you, Jesus, and may it be so [8] in this case.

Put your hope in the Lord. Trust in Him. He is the only One who will never disappoint.

My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.
I dare not trust the sweetest frame,
But wholly lean on Jesus’ Name.
On Christ the solid Rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

In Christ alone my hope is found,
He is my light, my strength, my song;
this Cornerstone, this solid Ground,
firm through the fiercest drought and storm.
What heights of love, what depths of peace,
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease!
My Comforter, my All in All,
here in the love of Christ I stand.

*Disclaimer: Chances are that if you are reading this, you have no idea the specific disappointment I am talking about. My family is fine. The congregation I attend is fine. I was deeply impacted and saddened today by the sin of a long time friend.