God Is Disappointed in You is for people who would like to read the Bible if it would just cut to the chase. Stripped of its arcane language and its interminable. Editorial Reviews. Review. "Mr. Russell and Mr. Wheeler have used irreverence to win an God Is Disappointed In You - Kindle edition by Mark Russell, Shannon Wheeler. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or. In the beginning, God was lonely. He made the same mistake as a lot of men who live alone, he decided to go out and meet people. Only there.
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"God Is Disappointed in You accomplishes an impressive goal: it takes the holy book—as inscrutable and culturally significant as it is—and makes it readable. The genesis of “God Is Disappointed in You” (Top Shelf) was a conversation over drinks between Portland, Ore., residents Mark Russell and. being disappointed with God. The Cambridge Online Dictionary defines disappointed as unhappy because someone or something was not as good as you.
He does not come into judgment, but has passed from death to life. Eternal life is great. But what about now, in this life? Everyone hungers to be loved. Human love is important. Yet every person who loves you, loves you imperfectly, because people are imperfect. But God is able to love you perfectly. He loves us because it is his nature to love, and it never changes, never stops. We all mess up.
We all fail to live up to our own standards, let alone God's standards. But God doesn't accept us based on our performance. He accepts us if we will simply believe in him, come to him, invite him to be God in our lives. This is how Jesus describes having a relationship with him: "As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you.
Abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father's commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. What happens if you begin a relationship with God?
Any significant relationship you have had in your life has had an effect on you, either positively or negatively. This is true for everyone.
The more important the relationship, the greater impact it has. So, it makes sense that knowing God is going to be a significant relationship. He will lead your life according to his love and his desires for your life.
You still make decisions. You maintain your free will. He does not take over your life, forcing you to act as he wants.
Yet, I found myself deeply impressed by his wisdom, his kindness, and the way God views people and life. God is not going to take his cues from what society dictates. God, who created the universe, doesn't really need society to guide him, does he? I like that. I find that freeing. Here's what God did in my life, when I began a relationship with him. I had been an atheist. Believing in God, reading the Bible about him, was a major shift in my life.
It was monumental, actually. A couple of months after asking Jesus into my life, my closest friend asked me, "Have you noticed a change in your life? You seem to be really listening to me. I mean, here's my closest friend telling me that I was finally acting like a decent human being and listening to her!
She was so amazed by what she was noticing in my life, that she decided to ask Jesus into her life also. Here's what I think was happening in my life. When I began a relationship with God, I became very aware of his love for me. It really surprised me. Things I would read in the Bible were like personal messages from God to me about how much he loved me.
I grew up thinking God was pretty mad at us, for not measuring up. So this was amazing to me - that God loves us. And I guess my emotional need for love was met by God on such a deep level, that I became more of an emotionally secure person.
I started thinking more, caring more about other people, than about myself. And evidently I became a better listener and more caring. I also found the racial bigotry I was raised in subsiding. Jesus promises us that as we let him teach us and guide us, he says, "you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
Only God knows. But as you get to know him, he will impact your life. Ask anyone who follows Jesus, and they'll tell you how knowing him has affected their life.
He tends to give us greater desire to choose his ways. How he does this is unexpected. It isn't like he gives you a new set of commands that you must now follow.
This isn't self-effort or you performing for God. And it isn't religious dedication. It is a relationship, an intimate friendship with God. It is God personally leading you and teaching you about himself, about life. He enters our lives when we invite him in. He affects our lives, from the inside out, at a heart level.
Jesus offers you more of life. You know how relationships, jobs, sports, entertainment The satisfaction of it does not keep us full. And nothing on earth ever will.
We have a constant hunger for something that lasts, that's reliable. Jesus said, "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst. When I came to know God, my search ended.
I found him to be trustworthy. Your relationship with him is going to look different than anyone else's relationship with him. You are an individual with unique experiences, thoughts, interests, dreams, needs. Read the Gospels and you'll see Jesus relating to individuals I'm concerned at this point that I'm showing you only the upside of knowing God.
A relationship with God is no guarantee that you will be shielded from really hard things in life.
You might go through financial stress, serious illness, accidents, earthquakes, relationship heartaches, etc. There is no question that there is suffering in this life.
You can go through it alone. Or you can be certain of God's love, his presence and intimacy, in the midst of it. Here's another caution. He might lead you into some really challenging careers, at personal sacrifice, in order to care for others. Most of Jesus' disciples and many of Jesus' followers today have gone through tremendous suffering. For example, Paul was frequently arrested, beaten with rods and whipped, countless times. Only newborn babies can get whatever they want whenever they want it.
Think of a time God answered a prayer such that the timing worked towards your advantage? It's not up to us to determine how God will fulfill our prayers. God has his way of doing things, and we hurt only ourselves if we insist upon God doing something a certain way. When God does indeed answer our prayer, we continue in our disappointment because our eyes are not open to his way of doing things. If we are open minded about how God answers our prayers, we will be delighted to see that God oftentimes does answer prayers we thought had been unanswered.
An unanswered prayer would be one in which you got no response. Be thankful you got a response.
Remember that God wants us to lift up prayers for all things. It is inevitable that we will pray prayers that leave us feeling disappointed, but remembering that God is a loving Father who wants to give good things to his children, we must never allow disappointment with God to lead to unbelief or giving up on prayer, but must allow this suffering to make us stronger and ever more reliant on his grace and love.
The ultimate goal of prayer is not that we get everything we want, but that we grow to realize more and more that our life, our joy, our satisfaction, our essence, is found in our relationship with God. Even in disappointment, God is teaching us how to pray and what to become.