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DISAPPOINTMENT

The LORD is my portion, says my soul,
Therefore I hope in Him!
(Psalm 42:5 - NKJV)

Think about the last time you were really disappointed. I can almost guarantee you that it was due to one of the following reasons.

A person or a relationship let you down big time. Perhaps it was the loss of a loved one. If not that then it may be that a personal pursuit got ugly. Then there is the possibility that a personal investment went sour or you received bad news concerning your health. And if that's not it, then there's always that perfect position that seemed to fall through.

I really want you to contemplate that for a minute. SELAH! What takes place in your heart when circumstances such as these invade your life? The list above, are not these things, at first glance, things that are connected to a world, which is all but passing away?
(1Jo 2:17 )

All this leads me to ask "Are we victims or are we indeed perpetrators when it comes to our own disappointments?" Could we be guilty of trying to squeeze God into our lifestyles and then when things explode in our faces we become disheartened and blame our situation on God? But for every DISappointment there is a DIVINE APPOINTMENT with our Maker if we choose to embrace it."

But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. 1 Peter 5:10

We are told in Scriptures that God will make all things beautiful in their time: And has also set eternity in the hearts of man Then it continues by stating that ' every accomplishment under the sun has sprung forth out of the envy of man, and that God made man plain and simple but that it is we who have complicated things in search of our own schemes (Emphasis Added - Ecc 4:4, Ecc 3:11, Ecc 7:29).

Could it be that one of the biggest reasons we experience disappointment in this life is that we are acting and living outside of God's original design for our lives? If God has designed us for eternity, why is it that we find ourselves running the same kind of race as those who belong to this world? The same strategy will produce the same results, in this case, disappointment, will it not?

So what should our mind set be to these things? I'm glad you asked because the Bible has an answer and that is,

When things go good, praise the LORD. And when things go bad, praise the LORD, but consider this: God has made one as well as the other. Know this, that what God does and has determined will endure. Nothing can be added to it, nothing can be taken from it. God does this so that men might revere Him (Emphasized - Ecc 7:14, 3:14).

DO YOU BELIEVE THIS? If you want to know just how personally involved God is in you life take the time to read Psalm 139 and then ask yourself this question, Why are you disappointed O my soul and why are you cast down within me? Hope thou in God for I will yet have plenty of reason to praise Him (Psalm 42:5, 43:5).

Was not this Israel's problem? When they discovered that God was personally interested in their dilemma we find them falling prostrate to the ground in praise and worship to YHWH. But, if you read just thirty-one verses more you will find that these same people had become so disappointed with life that they literally refused to listen to the encouragement of Moses and Aaron. (Exo 4:32, Exo 6:9)

What happened? Things didn't work out to their immediate satisfaction, as a result they moved from the realm of praise and worship to murmuring, complaining, and faultfinding. How about you, where are you coming from today? God would have us know that no matter what we are going through, it need not turn to disappointment. Ecc 7:8 says, Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit. Be patient! Don't let pride get in the way.

Remember this in closing; For those who daily commit their life to Christ, our disappointments, as another has said, are God's appointments in that he wants to use every adverse circumstance to help us grow and become more mature. Keep in step with the Spirit. God is up to something good in your life. He is doing what He is doing to produce wonderful and lasting results that will find their way into eternity (Jer 29:11).

Speaking personally, when I was much younger I found myself lying in a hospital bed in what is called halo traction. I could only look up (HUM!) But in the midst of all the pain and suffering I could hear God gentle voice speak to me through the stifle ling silence, "I am still doing a work in you, Dan Raines. And you will not be disappointed with the results, Guaranteed!"

He wants to do the same for you too. And he will as we commit and trust our life to God daily. Won't you pray this prayer with me right now, right where you are?

"Dear God, I commit and trust my life and way to you and ask
that you will use every disappointment in my life as your
divine appointment. I ask you to , turn each one into a blessing,
and use them all to make something beautiful out of my life.
I give you full permission and access to my heart and life.
Thank you for hearing and answering my prayer.
Gratefully, in Jesus' Name, Amen."

THINK ON THESE THINGS ACT ON THESE THINGS

May God grant you His peace 
If I can be of any assistance
please don't hesitate to drop me a line.
Dan

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