Bad Call

The beginning of the Revolutionary War was marked by the “shot heard around the world”. On September 24, 2012 at the conclusion of Monday Night Football there was the “call heard around the world”. Well, maybe not all the way around the world but I am sure “the call” was heard from Seattle all the way to Green Bay Wisconsin. “The call” was made by the replacement referees on a last second play that gave the Seattle Seahawks the win. Video evidence showed that “the call” was a bad call and the Green Bay Packers should have won the game. This was the last straw for die hard football fans everywhere. The replacement referees had to go and the regular full time referees had to return. Whatever it took to settle the contract dispute between the owners and the referees had to be negotiated and fixed soon. Within days the lock out was over and the “real” referees would be returning that very week. How would the “real” full time refs be greeted? Each stadium greeted these returning refs with applause and a standing ovation. Even the Green Bay Packer fans stood and cheered as the officials entered the field of competition. These cheers did not last. For soon the officials made rulings on the field of play with whom the home crowds did not agree. Boos and jeers now rained down upon the once cherished and beloved “real” referees. When you don’t meet the demands and expectations of those around you then their tone and approval will decline quickly.

John 12:12-1312 The next day a great multitude that had come to the feast, when they heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem, 13 took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him, and cried out: “Hosanna! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’[a] The King of Israel!” (NKJV)

Jesus had recently raised Lazarus from the dead and the word of this miracle had preceded his entry into Jerusalem. In today’s terminology we might say that his approval ratings were off the chart. Thousands of on lookers gave him a standing ovation and sang his praises. Their expectation was for Jesus to be the one to deliver them from the cruel oppression of the Roman government. At last God had heard their cries and would soon provide justice and fairness for His chosen people. This applause and praise lasted about as long as the approval of the referees.

John 19:14-1614 Now it was the Preparation Day of the Passover, and about the sixth hour. And he said to the Jews, “Behold your King!” 15 But they cried out, “Away with Him, away with Him! Crucify Him!” Pilate said to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” The chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar!” 16 Then he delivered Him to them to be crucified. So they took Jesus and led Him away.[a] (NKJV)

How could the same people who praised him a few days before now want to crucify him? The Israelites had preconceived expectations of what they needed. There was nothing wrong with their expectation or need to be delivered from the rule of the Romans. God, however, wanted to deliver His people from something even more cruel and deadly than the Romans could ever become. He wanted to save them from themselves and their own sinful nature. They could not see their eternal need for salvation because they were blinded by their more temporal and immediate needs.

We struggle with the same issue today. We present our needs and expectations before God and he appears to disappoint us. We ask for deliverance from addictions but we continue to battle and struggle. We seek his healing power for our self and loved ones but the condition continues or worsens. We ask for his provision to pay our bills and provide for our families but the economy becomes bleaker with each passing day. There is nothing wrong with any of these needs or expectations. The question is what do we do when God appears to disappoint us? Do you build resentments toward Him and punish Him through not talking to him? Does your anger drive you to rebel against his precepts? Can you still trust that He is still good and can be trusted? We all have experienced disappointment from God. If you are experiencing some of those disappointments today don’t let the sun set upon them. From disappointment springs anger, resentment and bitterness. Seek support and counsel from Godly people that will promote you entrusting those disappointment to God. Learning to trust God through the disappointments in life teaches us to walk by faith that He truly does work all things to His good.

Psalm 9:10 10 And those who know Your name will put their trust in You; For You, Lord, have not forsaken those who seek You. (NKJV)

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About David Jones

David is a Memphis native and lives with his wife of 25 years and two children. David has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Memphis. He has worked in mental health for over 30 years with adolescents and adults in inpatient, outpatient, and residential settings. For the past 15 years David’s primary focus has been working with men and their spouses in intensive sexual addiction workshops.

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