Disappointed With Myself

Psalms 17:15: As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.

1 John 3:2: Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.

Romans 8:29: For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

1 Timothy 6:6: But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Being disappointed with myself and being delighted with the Lord are like two sides of a coin. There are great benefits to being disappointed with myself. When I am disappointed with myself I feel the same way about myself that God does. He is disappointed with me too. He wants to make me like Christ. He wants to make me godly. When I am disappointed with myself I might seek my satisfaction somewhere else. If I am wise I will seek my satisfaction with the Lord, in Him and from Him. Many individuals in the Bible were disappointed with themselves and found their satisfaction in the Lord.

Job 40:4: Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth.

Job 42:6: Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.

Psalms 51:4: Against thee, thee only, have I (David) sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.

Isaiah 6:5: Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.

Luke 5:8: When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus* knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord.

Luke 18:13: And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.

Romans 7:24: O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? 25 I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.

Disappointment with ourselves can help make us humble enough to see our need for the Lord. When He brings us low it can be the beginning of trusting Him. I would describe my attitude the moment I received Christ as total helplessness before Him. I only knew one thing, that I needed Him. The most mature believers are marked by the most dependence upon Him. The weakest among believers are those who depend the most upon themselves. The oftener we come to the end of our rope and the beginning of His the better.

John 15:5: I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

Philippians 4:13: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

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