Overcoming Disappointments

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.

Published by Andy

Greetings! My name is Andy Provitola and I live in New England on the south shore between Boston and the beautiful Cape Cod region. The purpose of my blogging and writing is to encourage you in your journey here on planet earth. Life is full of pressing issues and problems and my desire is to discover a place for peace, hope, healing, and contentment. I am a follower of Jesus Christ – God’s one and only Son of God and discovered these truths along my own personal journey. Having discovered a personal relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ does not mean I have to be religious to attain the rewards of heaven. The fact is God provides grace for us and accepts us as we are in His image. In other words, we cannot attain heaven or life eternal on our own, but by God’s loving grace and no merit of our own. My goal is to continue to find a balance of life from a spiritual and practical perspective with a purpose to please and glorify God in all that I do because of His ‘Gift of Grace’. God is not transcendent and so far away that he is out of reach with humanity. God desires that His presence lives within us and not just in the galaxies and the universe. Experiencing the unconditional love of God has been so rewarding and while discovering the truth and purpose for my life. Moving forward in this life is not a sprint, but a marathon when it comes to this race here on earth. I am blogging because I find it is a good way to connect in a much more effective and efficient way when it comes to communicating and interacting with with people that I do not know. Blogging and writing challenges me and also stretches me specifically in my thoughts, my mind, my emotions, and my spiritual life to live a vertical relation with God and a horizontal relationship with others. There will be a variety of topics and subjects to address including youth, young adults, family, singles, seniors, relationships, etc. Some of the topics will include God’s creation and power, depression, loneliness, suicide, hope, healing, setbacks, financial matters, business, stress, anxiety, care, encouragement, and so much more I would like to connect with all walks of life, ethnicity, culturally, other religions, socio-economics, and more I am currently writing a book and several memoirs about my own life and journey . The journey begins at a young age growing up in Malden, Massachusetts, specifically Maplewood Square to where I am today. I became paralyzed from the waist down as a senior in high school and I share how my life changed for the better! “But I do not consider my life as something of value or dear to me, so that I may [with joy] finish my course and the ministry which I received from the Lord Jesus. To testify faithfully of the good news of God’s [precious undeserved] grace [which makes us free of guilt of sin and grants us eternal life]. Acts 20:24 Amplified Version

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