Dealing with Disappointment


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“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

Habakkuk 3:1-18

 Something didn’t happen for me this past week. The situation seemed perfect, and I did everything right, but it still did not come to pass. I did ask God, “Why not?” because I can’t help but be disappointed. But I trust in the Lord. My prayer from the beginning was for God to close doors I’m not supposed to walk through. This door closed.

 When we are disappointed it is easy to assume God didn’t answer our prayer. We must remember that God does answer all prayer; sometimes that answer is “No.” Recall Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” This verse tells us that God is working for our good. We just may not be able to see it at the time.

I talked to God about my disappointment, but I trust Him for something better. I can’t imagine something better than this particular situation, but God can. When we are disappointed, we must move on, and ask God for a new goal, His plan for our lives.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55:8-9

 Part of our disappointment is that we are an impatient people. Remember that God’s timing is best. I’m finding comfort in knowing this truth from Scripture.  Joseph experienced a great deal of disappointment. He must have been disappointed in his brothers for the way he was treated. Being accused of something he did not do must have been a big disappointment. Joseph must have wondered what was going on during the years he spent in prison.  In all phases of his life, Joseph continued to trust in the Lord. Eventually, God’s plan became clear.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

Are you disappointed? Don’t be discouraged, for God has a plan.

Blessings on your day.

 

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Freedom – In Christ


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So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.  John 8:36

 

Thinking about July 4th always brings up patriotic images, thoughts of freedom, and thoughts of summer fun. There’s nothing wrong with that, but sometimes I think we take our freedoms for granted, and perhaps, even abuse those freedoms.

In the fifth chapter of Galatians we find the Apostle Paul discussing freedom in Christ more thoroughly. God does not want us to be in any type of bondage, which is sin. That bondage can be worry, financial issues, addictions to drugs or alcohol, eating disorders, bad habits and other sin. But we are free to ask God to release us from what we find ourselves entangled in. It will take work, and prayer, but Christ can and will lead us to freedom.

Christ alone gives us all the freedom we need. We have the freedom to enjoy Him, and be free of enslavement to sin. Is there something that is weighing you down? Have you spoken to our Great God about how to free you from the captivity of sin?”

 It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery. Galatians 5:1

 

Blessings on your day.