The “unexpected” or disappointments seems to be the theme the last couple of years. What else could go wrong in my life you may be asking? As we have heard before, when it rains it pours. However, for some the flooding or the bleeding has not stop. The sickness your facing is not getting any better, but worse. A good friend of mine went to work a week or so only to find out that he got laid off. The pandemic is affecting millions not just with the challenge of the virus, but our psyche and spritual life.
“Disappointment hits us one way or another if these feelings are fed, they grow until they strangle our spiritual lives”. Erwin Lutzer
The Israelites experienced God’s deliverance through the Red Sea only to complain against Moses for wandering in the desert being hungry and thirsty. They found no water for 3 days (see Exodus 15).
Why do we get disappointed? We have the wrong perspective. We are looking at the situation and not keeping our focus on God. Little did Israel realize God was putting them to the test. They were bitterly disappointed just like the waters at Marah were bitter.
There are believers struggling and some are turning bitter maybe even getting angry at God or others because plans have gone sour.
You may be giving up on the Lord and forgot to realize that you are being tested. Your faith has turned to doubt and you see no miracles in sight.
Others have their hopes focused on a person, leader, politician, or even government for that matter. Some are bitter because their candidate lost. Did you ever think God allows defeat and tests for a reason and purpose in your life? Nobody has a “tap” or inside scoop on Almighty God!
God says, to trust Him and not man. People may disappoint and fail us, but Jesus the Lord never fails.
Our disappointments will define us for better or worse and God sees our hearts and what we are really made of. God reminds us that there may be sin or idols in our lives which have become disappointments. The things of this world eventually fade away and we can get disillusioned or even unhappy. God shakes us and strips us of idols to get our attention. Is God really your all? Does He have meaning, value, substance in your heart or do you use Him only when you need Him.
It is only when you discover that you have nothing left but God that you realize God is enough.
Disappointments can become our opportunity. Putting our faith in God can move mountains, uncertainty, and create miracles of the unexpected.
There are times when life’s disappoint-
ments become God’s opportunity to do a miracle. He fed the 5000 with 5 loaves and 2 fish. Jesus calmed the storm in the sea.
What may be impossible with you is possible with God. Even when it doesn’t go our way. Trust the Lord my friend and allow God’s peace and assurance to calm you today. The desert is only as dry as we allow it, but remember, God provided fresh water where it became sweet and not bitter. Exodus 15: 23-27.
Have a great week full of miracles.
Some excerpts quotes by Erwin Lutzer.