There are times in our lives when we can have false expectations which are not of God, producing disappointment. (We spoke on this subject 2 “blogs” ago.)
When I am in the valley at my lowest moment I need to embrace the revelation I saw in the light at my highest moment on the mountain top. It is born in glory and grows in gloom! If my revelation does not work in my situation, producing gold for God’s glory, then my life is producing nothing but “wood, hay and stubble.”
Don’t ask God to change your circumstances, He sent them to change you!
I must never put my expectations above God’s workings in my life, putting an ungodly demand on God that He will not fulfil. A new revelation is wonderful to hear and see, but difficult to bear if I struggle against the workings of God in my life – but the end result of it is something so real and wondrous. My flesh will try to drag me away from God’s goodness because it does not want to die. It wants to be seen to receive the praises of men, but this is an offence to Almighty God. God will not give His glory to another. Wherever I am operating as an “another”, seeking my own glory, God will withdraw His grace from my life, if I don’t humble.
Jesus said, “How can you believe, which receive honour one of another, and seek not the honour which comes from God alone?” John 5:44
We judge the prefix “dis” in “disappointment” and “disillusioned” as a negative thing, but I must recognise these things for what they are: dis – appointment….I missed my God appointment! Dis – illusioned…..a false illusion that needs removing in order that God can have His work perfected in my life, in His way, for “He who began a good work in you will perform it unto the day of Jesus Christ,” Philippians 1:6. God finishes the work He has begun in us as we yield to the pressure of His mighty hand.
God is after a consistency in my life, that I no longer will be tossed to and fro on every prevailing wind that blows my way, that His beloved Son will shine forth from me, to His glory.
A man struggling with the repeated and continual shortcomings of others asked the Lord, “How long will you continue to allow this, Lord?” The Lord replied, “Until My love is perfected in you!”