Welcome to life 101; disappointment guaranteed! The Bible is correct when it states that : "Man's days are few and full of trouble." Webster defines disappointment asm "When expectations fail to be met, producing anger, frustration, sadness, and discouragement. Here are some examples to help you when:
1. YOU ARE DISAPPOINTED WITH THOSE YOU LOOK UP TO.
Think of Samuel and Eli (1Samuel 1-4). Samuel's mother entrusted her child to Eli the High Priest, confident He'd mentor and prepare him for God's service. But Eli had a serious character flaw. He was a weak passive parent who stood by while his sons abused their priestly privilege, bringing shame and disrepute to the ministry. Who'd have blamed young Samuel for taking a nose dive when the man he looked up to failed so badly. But no, he fielded his disappointment and kept his eyes on God: "Samuel grew, and the Lord was with him." as a result God turned him into one of Israel's greatest prophets. So keep your eyes on the Lord.
2. YOU'RE DISAPPOINTED IN THOSE YOU LIVE WITH OR YOUR FAMILY.
If anyone wouldn't let you down surely it would be your family. Right? Wrong! Ask young Joseph. When God promised him a big promotion he thought his brothers would celebrate. Instead they responded with jealousy, ridicule and resentment, selling him into slavery, Far from friends and home he languished in prison for a crime he didn't commit. What an invitation to bitterness, to rehearsing the wrongs done him while plotting his revenge. But if he'd done that he'd have died an unknown convict in a foreign jail. Instead he allowed God to vindicate him, using his circumstances to position, prepare and promote him to being Egypt's Prime Minister- and that is how you deal with disappointment.
But here are two more types of disappointment you'll deal with in life.
(3.) DISAPPOINTMENT IN THOSE YOU WORK WITH AND DEPEND ON.
To succeed, you need people; you can't make it without them. And when those people fail you it is painful. Imagine Moses' disappointment. He leaves his brother Aaron in charge whild he attends a summit conference with God and receives the Ten Commandments. Returning, he finds Israel in anarchy, idolatry and unspeakable perversion. Where's Aaron? Leading the rebellion! When Moses needs him most, Aaron fails him miserable. But watch; Moses' true leadership shines in deep disappointment. He confronts Aaron, takes the mess to God for resolution, and prays forgiveness for Israel,. God listens, then reminds Moses of his assignment. "It's disappointing, Moses, but "Go lead the people...my angel will go before you" Exodus 32:34).
(4). DISAPPOINTMENT DOESN'T CANCEL YOUR ASSIGNMENT- OR GOD'S PRESENCE
Do what He sent you do!
(5). DISAPPOINTMENT IN THOSE YOU HAVE POURED YOUR LIFE INTO.
Let's check in again with Moses, founding Pastor of the First Chrurch of the Critical and the Ungrateful, a congregation of former slaves, delivered abundantly blessed, en route to the Promised Land, but without a shred of loyalty or gratitude for the man who put everything on the line to make it possible. Fresh out of Egypt they turn on Moses, accusing, blaming and berating him (see Exodus 14). Was Moses disappointed and hurt? Yes. But each time he wanted to quit he' discuss it with God, pray for his complaining flock, receive fresh orders from headquarters and return to work. It is what God called men and women do when they are disappointed and feel like giving up.
Strangely enough, I have felt that emotion within the last few months. I have experienced disappointment from leadership, family, friends, coworkers, and with myself; but I will talk about that next time. It is in those moments when I have to remember the prophetic words that have been spoken over and into my life concerning my life, purpose and ministry. When I see how difficult the journey has been, and how it seemingly is not letting up or getting better; is when I am most vulnerable to falling in complet despair and disappointment sets in.
During those moments, I must stay prayed up and fasted up. I must seek out those few voices in my life who can drop a word of encouragement in my soul. I have been listening to gospel music this morning; "This Place" by Tamala Mann," Intentional", by Travis Green, "Worth Fighting For" by Bryan Courtney Williams. These songs have ministered to me. Today, My heart was heavy because I was missing my daughter and my husband who died in consecutive years 2010 and 2011 on the same date; October 28. I must say I am disappointed and saddened that they are not hear to see the new addidions to our family; my three granddaughters Jayla, Brianna, and Brittany. They will never know the lengths that the Lord went to bring me to this spiritual place; being a founder and pastor of a church, a published author, retired and loving it, etc.
BUT GOD IS INTENTIONAL. HE KNEW I WOULD EXPERIENCE PAIN, HEARTACHE AND DISAPPOINTMENT. I KNOW THAT ALL THINGS ARE WORKING FOR MY GOOD, BECAUSE HE IS INTENTIONAL, NEVER FAILING, AND I KNOW THAT I SHALL EXPERIENCE MORE DISAPPOINTMENTS IN LIFE. GOD'S PROMISE IS THAT HE WILL NEVER LEAVE ME NOR FORSAKE ME.
NOW I MUST GET UP, GO AND DO WHAT HE HAS COMMANDED ME TO DO.
WRITING HELPS ME TO WORK OUT THE KINKS IN MY ARMOUR. BE BLESSED OF THE LORD AND ENJOY THIS BEAUTIFUL WARM LABOR DAY WEEKEND.
DON'T FORGET TO SAY YOUR PRAYERS YA'LL!