WASHINGTON, September 25, 2013 – With so many pressures in the modern world, more and more people find themselves fighting a darkness that only seems to get worse with each passing day. It is easy in such turbulent times to believe that nothing good will ever come to us, but the truth is we can overcome our past, triumph in the present and destroy disappointment to be the success God designed each and every single one of us to be.
In the Bible, we learn in Genesis 1:26 that God said “Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” God designed humans to be actively in charge of things and for people to be reflections of God’s majestic image.
We perceive disappointment in these fallen times because God created the world to work for us, not against us, and for every single one of us to be loved and respected, even as God is to be loved and respected by man. Disappointment is the human heart’s way of saying, “God destined me for so much better than this.”
Sometimes due to circumstances outside of our control, not only do bad things happen but they keep happening even when they shouldn’t. Other times, bad things happen as a result of bad decisions or the influence of bad people in our lives. If one isn’t careful, disappointment can give way to excessive sorrow that breaks one’s will to live and changes our outlook to only expect the worst in every situation. A close relative of disappointment is also jealousy, in which we look at (compare ourselves to) others and wonder why we don’t have the things that they have.
The good news is that despite all of our mistakes and shortcomings, God desires us to overcome this world and be victorious in every area of our life. God doesn’t get glory when people can’t afford to buy food, when stress puts people into the hospital or when marriages shatter. God created us in his image, which means God has a very high opinion of you!
The Bible says in Isaiah 61:1-2 “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn.”
Are you brokenhearted, captive to circumstances or mourning over something in your life? When Jesus began his ministry, he quoted Isaiah’s writings as a statement of his purpose to the world and said in Luke 4:21 “This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.”
God sent Jesus specifically to fix and make right everything that has been lost to time, injustice, bad decisions or whatever it is that has put us down. In Luke 19:10, Jesus said “For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” Nothing is ever beyond the healing power of God and no one is ever too far gone to be restored to God’s purpose and design. Said another way, God never meant for you to lose!
In the summer of 2004, one Wednesday evening I was preaching at a church Bible study when several new visitors came in during the middle of the service. At the end of my sermon, I asked the audience if there was anyone who wanted prayer over any concerns or needs in their life. One of the new visitors, an elderly woman, came forward for prayer and asked me to pray for whatever I felt God leading me to speak over. Without hesitation I said a short, simple invocation over her: “God, give my sister a new heart.”
A few weeks later during a Sunday service, the same woman who I had prayed for came back to church and shared with me that though she hadn’t said anything the night we first met, she was suffering from heart problems and was scheduled to have surgery. When she later went back for an examination, her doctor was shocked to discover that in the time that passed her heart was completely different, no longer requiring any surgical procedures to correct – God literally gave her a new heart.
Exceptional things happen when we allow God to touch our lives. Bad things may happen to good people, but permanent defeat isn’t God’s desire for humankind.
The Bible says in Zephaniah 3:17-18 “The Lord thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. I will gather them that are sorrowful for the solemn assembly, who are of thee, to whom the reproach of it was a burden.”
Few people have the honor of someone writing a song personalized for them, but God loves us so much that he wants to do things in our lives worth singing over. For all the times that we experienced reproach, God wants to bring victory. One of my favorite Scriptures is what God says in Ezekiel 34:12: “I seek out my sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been scattered in the cloudy and dark day.”
Don’t let the dark clouds of disappointment stop you from accomplishing your destiny.
Pray this prayer: “God, I believe you love me and desire only the best for my life and my future. I want to overcome the sorrows and disappointment of the past and rise up to be the blessed person you created me to be. I place my faith in Jesus and believe that through him, I am saved.”
May God bless all of you and give you peace!
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