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Reflections Podcast
Reflections Podcast
Reflections • Episode 15
Redeeming Disappointment
14m • April 7, 2021

Where is God when the people we look up to disappoint us? In this episode, we learn how Israel’s long line of disappointing kings is meant to point us to a greater King, Jesus. He is the true David and a better Solomon. He leads God’s people with wisdom, unites the nations, and makes a way for God’s presence to dwell among his people. Wherever people disappoint, King Jesus is there, inviting us into the beauty of his temple––his perfect presence.

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Where is God when the people we look up to disappoint us? In this episode, we learn how Israel’s long line of disappointing kings is meant to point us to a greater King, Jesus. He is the true David and a better Solomon. He leads God’s people with wisdom, unites the nations, and makes a way for God’s presence to dwell among his people. Wherever people disappoint, King Jesus is there, inviting us into the beauty of his temple––his perfect presence.

Bible Reading
1 Kings 6:23-31

Reflection Questions

  1. Are you disappointed with someone today? Take some time to express how you feel in a prayer to God right now.
  2. Consider how Jesus faced similar disappointments to us. Think about it and take some time to empathize with him.
  3. 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.

Want to Go Deeper?
Check out this episode's Bible study to watch a video and explore more detailed questions for personal study and group discussion.

Show Credits

  • Host: Cheree Hayes
  • Message: Dr. Carissa Quinn
  • Production and Bible Reading: Dan Gummel
  • Theme music: Grant William Harold
  • Background Music: Be Still the Earth, Within Reach

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2 Chronicles 36:22-23  –  13m
Looking Back to Look Forward
13m
Malachi 3:16-4:6  –  13m
Treasured by God
13m
Daniel 7:9-14  –  13m
There’s Hope in the Nightmare
13m
Esther 4:1-17  –  16m
Who Does God Choose to Work Through?
16m
Ezra 4:1-3, Isaiah 56:3-8  –  15m
Is God Inclusive?
15m
Ezekiel 36:22-36  –  14m
Promise for New Hearts
14m
Lamentations 3:19-33  –  14m
Learning How to Grieve from Lamentations
14m
Jeremiah 4:16-28, 1 Thessalonians 5  –  15m
The Deep Anguish of God
15m
Song of Songs 8:6-7  –  15m
Wisdom from Sensual Love Poetry?
15m
Ecclesiastes 4:4-12  –  15m
One Handful of Rest
15m
Isaiah 42:1-16  –  14m
Power of Metaphor
14m
Proverbs 1:1-7  –  13m
How to Live Wisely
13m
Job 38:1-18, Job 42:1-6  –  15m
How God Replies to Job’s Suffering
15m
Jonah 4:1-11, Exodus 34:5-9, 1 Kings 19:3-5  –  14m
God’s Mercy on Our Enemy
14m
Hosea 14:1-9  –  14m
What God Wants from Us
14m
Isaiah 61  –  12m
What Good News Looks Like
12m
1 John 1  –  12m
Message of the Prophets
12m
2 Kings 25  –  14m
What God Does About Suffering
14m
1 Kings 6  –  14m
Redeeming Disappointment
14m
2 Samuel 7  –  14m
Faithful Through Failure
14m
1 Samuel 2  –  13m
When You Feel Powerless
13m
Ruth 2  –  12m
How God Treats His Enemies
12m
Judges‬ 2  –  12m
When We Walk Out on God
12m
14m
Deuteronomy 30  –  11m
Understanding Ancient Law
11m
Deuteronomy 4  –  12m
God's Wisdom on Display
12m
Numbers 13  –  11m
Trusting God in the Wilderness
11m
Leviticus 25  –  13m
Gift of Rest
13m
Hebrews 10  –  12m
Meaning of Sacrifice
12m
Exodus 19  –  12m
Rescued for a Purpose
12m
Exodus 3  –  15m
When We Cry Out
15m
Genesis 32  –  13m
Wrestling God
13m
Genesis 1-3  –  15m
Why God Gave Choice
15m

Reflect

Once you've listened to the podcast, take time to reflect on these questions.

  1. Are you disappointed with someone today? Take some time to express how you feel in a prayer to God right now.
  2. Consider how Jesus faced similar disappointments to us. Think about it and take some time to empathize with him.
  3. 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.

Go Deeper

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.

Message Question
How did Carissa’s message challenge or encourage you today?

Read: 1 Kings 6:23-31

  1. As you review today’s passage, what garden imagery do you notice?
  2. 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?
  3. 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?
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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?
  7. 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.
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