Monday Morning Preacher: Disappointment

There is no verse in the Bible that says, “Come to me and I will make your life perfect.  You will never have to deal with pain or sorrow or loss again.”  I’m sorry if you were lied to when coming to Jesus, but it’s just not true.  Now, God does say that a place like this exists, but it’s not of this world, but the one to come.  When we are fully perfected through the blood of Jesus at the end of time, and we come into the presence of God, all the things that cause us pain and suffering will finally end.

But for now, we live in a world where disappointment and discouragement exists, and the question we need to continually ask ourselves is this:  When we’re beaten down by the world and everyone around us, and it seems like there’s no hope, how are you going to respond?  Are you going to give up or keep fighting?

Sometimes disappointment comes into our lives to teach us to rely more on God.  If God told us to do something, and He removed every obstacle and we were successful in all that we do, would we be doing what we’re doing in God’s power or in our own?  I think we would become too high on ourselves, and we would forget to pray and forget to lean in to God for the power to keep on fighting for what was going to happen.

What God wants for us most of all is a relationship with Him.  When David, living under a promise from God, was continually attacked by his “obstacle” Saul, it brought him to the point of discouragement.  Instead of seeing the good God was doing by keeping him alive, safe, and out of Saul’s hands, he looked at all the problems in front of him.  He essentially did the same thing Peter did when he got out of boat to walk on water: He keep his eyes on the waves, rather than Jesus.

And so, in our lives, we can do the same thing:  we focus on what’s going wrong rather than what’s going right.  We focus on the problems rather than the God who is helping us navigate them.  Let’s making sure that our eyes are focused on the One who can get us through any situation.  Let’s make sure that we don’t allow that disappointment in our lives to spread and grow to the point of discouragement.  We have a God who loves us, cares for us, and is always with us.  Know that He will come through in any and all situations for our God when we lean on Him during the challenging times.