What should we do when people disappoint us? Listen to the podcast, reflect on some questions, and go deeper into study on your own or with a group. If you're participating in our reading plan One Story that Leads to Jesus, this Reflections Bible Study lines up with week 15.
Once you’ve listed to the short podcast, take the time to reflect on these questions:
Are you disappointed with someone today? Take some time to express how you feel in a prayer to God right now.
Consider how Jesus faced similar disappointments to us. Think about it and take some time to empathize with him.
Remember, where people disappoint, Jesus is there to invite us into his presence. Take time now to ask for his perfect love to restore every area of disappointment.
If you would like to dive deeper, use these Scriptures and questions for personal study or small group discussion.
The book of Kings reflects on how Israel ended up in exile. The kings failed. The people walked out on the one true God and worshiped idols that couldn’t save them. But God would still keep his promise. The promised King would still come. This King would be the true David and a better Solomon. He would lead God’s people with wisdom, unite the nations, and make a way for God’s presence to be with his people. And this is exactly who Jesus is. He is the promised and perfect King. So wherever people disappoint, King Jesus is right there, inviting us into the beauty of his temple—his perfect presence.
Let’s reflect more on this together. Feel free to reflect on all the questions or just a few right now. You can also reflect throughout the week by focusing on one question per day.
How did Carissa’s message challenge or encourage you today?
As you review today’s passage, what garden imagery do you notice?
Read Psalm 80:1 and Psalm 99:1 and note where God’s presence is enthroned. Compare today’s passage with Genesis 3:24. What did the cherubim guard in the garden and in the temple?
The cherubim guarded the curtain entrance to the holy of holies (see Exodus 26:31-34, 2 Chronicles 3:10-14). With this in mind, read Matthew 27:50-51, Hebrews 10:19-21, and Hebrews 6:19-20. How did Jesus’ death impact the entrance to the holy place, and how is this significant?
No one could do what Jesus accomplished in his death and resurrection. Where people fall short, Jesus measures up. Are you disappointed with someone right now? Take some time to express exactly how you feel in a prayer to God right now.
How has Jesus faced similar disappointments? Remember, he’s felt betrayal and disappointment just like you. Think about it and take some time to empathize with him.
Jesus’ perfect presence can heal our disappointments. Are you ready to forgive the person who disappointed you? What specific characteristic of Jesus can you rely on in place of your disappointment? What could it look like for you to spend time this week to intentionally remember this characteristic of Jesus?
Turn your reflections into a prayer now. Express your gratitude to Jesus for opening the doors to freely receive the presence of God. Be honest about the places in your life that need his mercy, forgive others who need your mercy, and appoint his character to cover every area of disappointment.