“Too Good to Be True”

While they still were amazed and unbelieving because of their joy, He asked them, “Do you have anything here to eat?”—Luke 24:41

If we are to let nothing stand between us and the making of our feet into “hinds’ feet,” we must understand the nature of disappointment and how it hinders our pursuit of God.

All of us have been disappointed. Living in a fallen world means we have been subjected to experiences where we have been let down by others, even our loved ones at times. But this is not the problem—the problem occurs when we allow the hurts of the past to prevent us from reaching out to God and to others in an attitude of love.

A dramatic illustration of this is found in the passage before us today. It is the evening of the day of the Resurrection, and, without warning, Jesus suddenly enters the room where His disciples are assembled and makes Himself known to them. How did they respond? “They were still unconvinced, still wondering, for it seemed too good to be true” (v. 41, NEB). It was obvious that the disappointment of Christ’s crucifixion and death still reverberated within them. And now, faced with the reality of the Resurrection, they did not want to believe it in case it was not true—and they would be disappointed again.

They wanted to believe, but they had difficulty in doing so because they knew they could not cope with what would happen in their hearts if it turned out to be untrue. Rather than take the risk of faith, they preferred—for a little while at least—to withdraw into the safety of disappointment.

Prayer

God, forgive me that so often I allow the disappointments of life to deter me from moving toward You—in case something might happen that would disappoint me again. Help me to put everything I am and have in Your hands—with nothing held back. Amen.

Further Study

Lk 24:13-35; Jb 30:26

How did the disciples express their disappointment?

How did Jesus deal with them?

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