The following week, my wife and me went to a prayer mountain of a local church. We took the steps and sat down only halfway up the mountain – we did not even have the zeal and physical strength to climb all the way up. We have never felt so lonely and exhausted. We did not know what to say to the Lord and I personally did not want to open my Bible, in fear that I might find another promise which will not come true. Sometimes we want to use – or rather manipulate – the Word of God like a daily horoscope in our lives and then want to believe that each and every “good promise” we read will come to fruition in our lives. Unfortunately that is not the case and God allows us to go through trials and tribulations to strengthen and shape us. Therefore beware:
- of the “prosperity” preaching of pastors and churches where they want you to believe that it will “only be well” with you according to your faith.
- Of the daily prophecies being circulated via Facebook and other websites. In most cases, the so called “prophecies” reek with theological mistakes. For instance, God will not use His Word to provide you with a prophecy. He will speak something completely new to you, and you will know that only God know about this specific issue or event in your life.
- Also go and check out the previous posting that I have done on the “Trojan Horse in the Church”, on this website. It deals with this false prophecies in the church environment of today.
I mean, what happens when people’s lives are shattered when they go through events that eventually leads up to a divorce, or the death of a loved one and even the utmost tragedy of loved ones being snatched away through the escalating violence in this country? Are their faith not good enough, or did they not pray enough? And then how much IS enough? Maybe in some cases yes, but not in all of the situations. Even if you pray and commit your whole life to the Lord and His work, bad things and disappointment will come your way, because there is a lesson to be learned from this all. Does this process place God in a bad light or diminish His role as Father of His children? No, not at all! The thing is; how will we learn to know God:
- as the Jehovah Jireh (The Lord is my provider) –
- if we never have a need in something; or
- as the Jehovah- Repheka (or Rophe as some literature indicates – The Lord who heals) –
- if we never have a need for healing?
- And so I can continue with all of the aspects of the character of God.
A week later, we went on a road trip for two weeks and provided the necessary feedback to all the commercial farmers and businesses and friends along the way. Even though we were still completely disappointed in the Lord and other children of God, we were still willing and able to continue with the calling on our lives, providing counselling to people along the way. We spend a weekend at a local resort to recharge the batteries and then the Lord started to speak to me about a specific verse in His Word . We find the scripture in the book of Hebrews: “These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. (Heb 11:13-15 ESV)
- They – all died in faith,
- not having received
- the things promised,
- not having received
So what is DISAPPOINTMENT?
- My slogan in life was, that “I must drink some medication in order to feel miserable” – because I did not allow feelings/ emotions of sadness and disappointment or even depression to take hold of me;
- I was the one who would always look at the glass half full, rather than half empty.
- Basically, disappointment occurs when:
- your dreams and expectations are being shattered;
- Or being delayed unnecessary;
- Promises are cancelled or not being fulfilled.
Disappointment could also be linked to trauma such as death or divorce. We go through the same traumatic stages and changes of emotions such as:
Our emotions ran wild like Job in the Word of God. He had a rich history of blessings and favor from God and then all of a sudden it all changed in one moment. He lost everything that made sense to him. His children and livestock. Now even God did not make any sense and he felt completely rejected and alone. He pitied himself and experienced emotions of fear and feeling threatened and being vulnerable. Feelings of bitterness crept up and started to spill over to his friends as they accused him of not having a teachable spirit. Although God held an excellent testimony of Job, he started to reveal negative and bitter thoughts about God. He felt defenseless against the will of God and even said that God only wanted to destroy him. That God is biased towards him and even if he could prove his “innocence”, God will always find him guilty. It does not matter what he does, he will always be on the short end of the stick. He moaned and groaned about his miserable life and even cursed the day he was born. Everything is just going from bad to worse!
DO YOU ALSO FEEL EXACTLY THE SAME WAY?
Then you are also experiencing the “Job-syndrome”!
Then this lesson is also intended for you. And by the grace of God, I will bring you the lessons that I have learned through this all, and right now I want you to know that there is hope, there is a new day to begin for you and most of all God has never forsaken you or let go of your hand. He still loves you!
Stay with me on this important message to find restoration through Christ!