Disappointment

March 29, 2016


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Scripture

We can rejoice when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance and endurance develops character, and character strengthens our hope …And this hope will not lead to disappointment

~Romans 5:3-4

Quote

Disappointment is God’s way of saying, “Be patient, I have something better.”

Disappointment is the feeling of sadness or displeasure that comes when our hopes or expectations are unfulfilled. Sometimes we cover our disappointment for the sake of others but there are times when we are visibly shaken. In any human relationship, disappointments are going to happen, they are unavoidable. I don’t like to be on either end, the disappointing or the disappointed but I know it happens.
What’s the solution? Well, I don’t think we are going to be able to live a life free of disappointment but their are some key adjustments we can make:
  1. Understand that only Christ is completely trustworthy. The higher your expectations of people, the greater your risk of being disappointed.
  2. Deep disappointments sometimes lead to great revelations. We had an example in our LCBS lesson last Sunday. Mary and Martha were deeply disappointed in Jesus for not responding to their request immediately. They were hurt and they could not hide it. Jesus did not scold them but He did give them something better, they expected a healing but He gave them a resurrection.
  3. Disappointment hurts because it is so personal. What is deeply disappointing to you may have no affect on those nearest to you. It is one of those pains that only Jesus can understand. This is what makes a personal relationship with Jesus vital: He always understands. I learned years ago that disappointment can lead to heartbreak but if you aren’t careful, you will get a greater heartbreak from the indifference of those that you thought really cared.

The thought reminds me of a Baptist hymn, “Tell It To Jesus.” 

Are you weary, are you heavy hearted?
Tell it to Jesus, tell it to Jesus.
Are you grieving over joys departed?
Tell it to Jesus alone.

EXTRA animated

  • We have a prayer request…We desperately need VBS workers. Many of the school teachers are unable to work due to Summer programs. The school system is killing us. Our culture values education more than faith. Very few people will put church before school and this is sad. Pray to the LORD of the harvest, that He would send workers into the fields that are white. The most prosperous field for evangelism is children.
  • I didn’t check our attendance yesterday but it was no where close to a record. We may have had a record in Sunrise but not the kind we would want. We did have more than usual and I thought the praise and worship was awesome. Joe David’s message was very good and I thought we would have some decisions. I know one thing, God is working. 
  • I have an 85 year old woman that we will refer to as Mrs. C. I went to share with her son [an old middle school class mate] Saturday’s a week ago and I noticed her listening and afterwards showing interest. I carried her the Billy Graham book, WHERE I AM last Saturday and I am supposed to go back in two or three weeks and discuss it with her. Buford’s conversion has given me more confidence. I really believe God may be at work in this woman’s heart.
  • This Sunday is SENIOR ADULT DAY with special guest John and Joye Tucker. We are going to have an old fashioned service with piano and organ. We will also have SWAMP JOHN’S for lunch. David and the band get a much deserved rest. This is just the am service.

 

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