Disenchant :: to rid of or free from enchantment, illusion, credulity; disillusion.

Well, it is Monday morning and this may seem to be a bit of a “downer” post, but I encourage you to keep reading; it won’t be. Recently I was talking with a friend about how life can be so wonderful and disappointing at the same time.  A sunset, children laughing, a promotion, a phone call from a friend, even a nice dinner can be sources of great joy to a person. And then there is this kind of day … When sunsets are interrupted by a ringing phone that means you have more work to finish before you head home. The sound of happy children is a distant memory because on this particular day it is only fighting or whining filling your ears. You didn’t get the promotion. Your friend hasn’t called in days. No time to make dinner because your  to-do list is endless.

We can be so swayed as humans, from one day to the next. Like the country song, “The only thing that stays the same is everything changes…” This is a hard realization. When we become disenchanted with people, our children, our marriages, our work, our church, our {fill in the blank} it leaves us feeling lost, alone, unsettled. What causes this? Well, I have a few ideas.

#1 Expectations. What did we expect? Were they too high? Did we put a person, an event or a thing on a pedestal that should never have taken that place? Exodus 20: 3 – 4 says, “[Have] No other gods, only me.  No carved gods of any size, shape, or form of anything whatever, whether of things that fly or walk or swim. Don’t bow down to them and don’t serve them because I am God.” Why do you think this would be one of his commandments? My human understanding is that no one else deserves that place. When we place others or things on a pedestal, we are setting ourselves up for disappointment or shall I say, we will eventually be disenchanted. God knew this and gave us this knowledge because he knows how feeble we are. How we “chase the wind”. He is jealous for us and doesn’t want our hearts being given away to other things.

#2. Satan. The Great Deceiver. He can paint a pretty picture, can’t he? He certainly loves waving what we don’t have in our faces. And he does it often. I can fall victim to this so easily. Revelation 12:9 refers to Satan as, “… that ancient serpent called the devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.” The way to combat him? K N O W  T R U T H. Study it. Ask God to reveal lies to you so that your heart will not be disenchanted. Jeremiah 17:9 “The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind.I get to the heart of the human. I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be.” Seek God for truth.

We could camp out on the reasons for a long time, but I’m going to move on to some promises. After all, I told you this was going to be a positive post! I’m thankful for this friend that stirred up this train of thought. It has caused me to think more about how I view people and things. In this time, He has also made it more clear to me that He is perfect. That His promises are true and will never be broken.

This was the Scripture I read yesterday, Isaiah 40:12 – 31 “Who has scooped up the ocean in his two hands, or measured the sky between his thumb and little finger? Who has put all the earth’s dirt in one of his baskets, weighed each mountain and hill? Who could ever have told God what to do or taught him his business? What expert would he have gone to for advice, what school would he attend to learn justice? What god do you suppose might have taught him what he knows, showed him how things work? Why, the nations are but a drop in a bucket, a mere smudge on a window. Watch him sweep up the islands like so much dust off the floor! There aren’t enough trees in Lebanon nor enough animals in those vast forests to furnish adequate fuel and offerings for his worship. All the nations add up to simply nothing before him–less than nothing is more like it. A minus. So who even comes close to being like God? To whom or what can you compare him? Some no-god idol? Ridiculous! It’s made in a workshop, cast in bronze, given a thin veneer of gold, and draped with silver filigree. Or, perhaps someone will select a fine wood—olive wood, say—that won’t rot, then hire a woodcarver to make a no-god, giving special care to its base so it won’t tip over! Have you not been paying attention? Have you not been listening?Haven’t you heard these stories all your life? Don’t you understand the foundation of all things? God sits high above the round ball of earth. The people look like mere ants. He stretches out the skies like a canvas—yes, like a tent canvas to live under. He ignores what all the princes say and do. The rulers of the earth count for nothing. Princes and rulers don’t amount to much. Like seeds barely rooted, just sprouted, they shrivel when God blows on them. Like flecks of chaff, they’re gone with the wind.” So—who is like me? Who holds a candle to me?” says The Holy. Look at the night skies: Who do you think made all this? Who marches this army of stars out each night, counts them off, calls each by name—so magnificent! so powerful!—and never overlooks a single one? Why would you ever complain, O Jacob, or, whine, Israel, saying,”God has lost track of me. He doesn’t care what happens to me”? Don’t you know anything? Haven’t you been listening?God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.”

So, good news … that song I mentioned earlier is not entirely true. Our God never changes. His character, His heart, His love, His power and His presence. He stays the same today, tomorrow and forever. With Him we will NEVER be disenchanted … AMEN!



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