Wikipedia defines disappointment as “the feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations to manifest.” Do you think God gets disappointed with us? I know that the scripture says before the flood that “He was sorry he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain.” (Genesis 6:6 NCV)
I don’t know if we can come close at all to that feeling until we have children. Now, you all know that I love my children. I blog about them all the time. My wife and I have found that when we are out eating, just the two of us, we catch ourselves talking about the kids. Nearly every moment of every day is spent doing something or thinking about something that has to do with our kids. So, when I talk about disappointment and my children, please know how much I love them.
I guess that’s what makes it so hard when they disappoint. If we didn’t care so much, it wouldn’t hurt so much. We really set ourselves up for it don’t we. Our expectations are sometimes too high. We expect too much from them I suppose. In so many ways my children set me up for it. They are good kids. They give us almost no problems when it comes to the kinds of things I see out there in the world that they could be into. When I start looking at it in those terms, I feel so blessed. So even they make it hard on us by being good most of the time.
I think God does get disappointed. I think that because He’s a relational person–not some extra-terrestrial dictator of rules who has no feelings. He is our “Father” after all. We are his children. He cares. He expects. Therefore, I know He must feel disappointment.
The real hope in all this to me is that if He feels disappointment, He must feel victory. When our children “get it right” and we see that, there’s no more victorious feeling than that. I’d like to think that our God feels the same excitement for us in those rare but good victorious moments.