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Dealing with Disappointments

Ranela Kaligithi
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Ranela Kaligithi

Ranela works in the Literature Ministries Department of the Central California Conference.

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  • July 18, 2020
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But and have any Thank you so much for this Sabbath morning we thank you for the rest that we can have and the fellowship that we can have together over Facebook. And Lord as we go into this Sabbath message and into our time just thinking about your word I just pray that your spirit would be with us and that you would touch our hearts with whatever you want us to hear this morning we thank you so much alerting your knee he so good morning and happy Sabbath everyone. I think we're in the 19th or so Sabbath of having church online which many of us probably weren't expecting but I hope you've been able to receive some type of spiritual connection through church or in other ways over the past several months of not being in person but we are truly blessed. Just because we still have our our smartphones and video chatting we can shop online I mean I even though this pandemic has affected all of us around the world. Those of us here we really have so much to be grateful for and I'm grateful for the opportunity to share some things that God has taught me today with you all from my home so this morning I wanted to talk about something that faces all of us disappointment is something that we experience from a young age and follows us into our dull years sometimes with a little bit of a vengeance it seems I was I think 4 or 5 when I remember really experiencing my 1st disappointment in life and you might think this is a little. That of me but my 1st disappointment was that I remember was when I didn't get a present on my older sister's birthday that was my 1st kind of memory of being disappointed and I still remember that and I probably made a big fuss about it probably a really big fuss because the next year I did get a present on my sister's birthday but I remember opening that little package that my parents got from me and they probably don't even remember this it was a Mickey Mouse shaped pencil and I remember the battle going on inside as I speak spirits yet another small disappointment as a child but inside I was battling my little 5 year old mind was thinking you know you should be happy that you have at least got something on your older sister's birthday but inside I was kind of disappointed. I'd like to think that I was starting to become a little bit of a better more selfless human being at that point hopefully. But I remember being in high school moving on from there and excitedly looking at the final volleyball team that was posted on the wall and realizing that my need was not. And when I look back I actually realize I really wasn't that good a volleyball honestly and I wasn't really trying that hard because I was so confident that I would make it I don't know why but but I remember looking down that list and some of you may remember this high school just looking done a list and realized the name isn't there I was disappointed I was embarrassed. A small disappointment in my high school years going on from there I decided to go to a Bible college later on after high school and and at one point I was assigned to go to the beautiful islands of Hawaii for my bible work I was bursting with excitement of course because he doesn't love Hawaii Oh a few weeks before I was supposed to take off in paradise I was asked asked and encouraged very strongly if I would be willing to go and lead a mission team in Bakersfield California Wow You know I looking back I really think I'm quite holy because I actually said yes and I just decided to put a figure. But obviously there are years there is disappointment but it turned out to be something that was really good you know I share some of those more humorous shallow examples of disappointment but sprinkled in between an ever sense of the failed expectations the disappointments the challenges that I faced and that we all face tend to become more deep and more complicated as in a little bit more painful as as we get older and as I've gotten older I've learned that a big part of human life is all about learning how to deal with the ongoing disappointments that we face on a regular basis in life perhaps you've lost a job that you loved or needed maybe it was even a friendship a friend that betrayed you at a church members that said things that disappointed you or the people closest to you that weren't there for you when you needed it maybe you went through a breakup that tore your heart to pieces or a divorce you poured all your resources and emotions into one person made all of these plans and all of a sudden you're walking in a completely different direction what do you do I do you handle that perhaps one morning you've woken up and realized that you just spent 2 years in a career that you really don't like or years going to school for something you realize it's not really a passion something where you anticipated and looked forward to one thing but maybe God says no and takes you on a totally different path. People deal with disappointment in a variety of ways without us realizing it we were never whenever we face disappointment in our lives we go through somewhat of a small or actual grieving process right and for some being aware of that process is very important to them and for others they don't really think about it they just kind of live their lives and deal with it a day at a time so why does it matter. It matters because how we deal with disappointment and grief is a huge reflection of our attitude towards God or our picture of God sometimes subconsciously the massive changes that shape our life actually shape the way we view God's role or God's care for us and so I want to take a look at a few examples in the Bible and extract some principles that we can practically apply to our own lives as we navigate these experiences and the 1st place I want to go is to the Book of Ruth and Ruth is someone that is one of my favorite Bible characters not only because she's a woman but because she is strong and because what she went through is really incredible the principles that we learned from her life are a really incredible and so in Ruth one we know that Ruth is a mole by and at one point in her life was married to Naomi's son and surrounded by those she left and you know that tragedy hit and bother and and both her husband and and brother in law died I and she's left a widow so when I am he decides to travel back to her homeland of Judah Ruth clings to her and promises never to leave and in Ruth one verse 14 it's as s. then they lifted up their voices and wept again and Orpik kissed her mother in law but Ruth clung to her and she said look your sister in law has gone back to her people and her until her gods return after your sister in law but Ruth said intreat me not to leave you or to turn back from following after you for wherever you go I will go and rather you lodge I will lodge your people shall be my people and your God My God where you die I will die and there will I be buried the Lord do so to me and more also if anything but death parts you and me. So Ruth finds herself in a foreign land away from her family a recent widow not at all where she imagined her life would take her as a child disappointment after disappointment and the deepest grief of losing losing someone too soon. And all of this completely out of her hands she didn't choose this life and the circumstances were not her fault but she's experienced heartbreak and tragedy and is likely deeply depressed at this point and yet the way she chooses to live her life in the face of grief and loss and disappointment is to be a caretaker for someone else in Ruth 2 verses one through 3 it says there was a relative of Naomi's husband a man of great wealth of the family of a limb alike is name was Bo s. So Ruth I'm Obeid a said tonight Naomi please let me go to the field and clean hands of grain after him in whose sight I me find favor and she said to her go my daughter then she left and went and cleaned in the field after the reapers So Ruth didn't have to go with a mother in law she could have turned away like or and honestly she would have been justified in doing so but she saw the need of this dear widow who would have no chance of a man taking care of her and she chose to live the life of a poor woman gleaning in the fields taking care of her mother in law pouring her energies into someone else. You know experiencing grief and loss and disappointment requires time for us to sit in our feelings and to cry to grieve to feel sorry for ourselves it's very important to go through that time but at some point everyone's timeline is different but at some point it doesn't do any more good to sit in our situations that might be unfortunate or on the past event that happened at some point like Ruth it's important to get outside of ourselves Ruth saw a need that was greater than her own and yes she was a widow but this woman that she was taking care of was a what a widow who had lost 2 sons this old woman would never have a chance to remarry and have the security of a husband which was so important in those days and honestly this old woman might not survive and so while Ruth grieved she also looked to the needs around her that were even greater than her own she took care of Naomi gleaned in the fields a constant companion and she spent a lot of time not thinking about herself on top of that it was much less likely that she would ever find a husband in Bethlehem since she was a foreigner in Moab but she took that risk because Ruth cared only about making sure that someone else's life was Ok You know I believe that Ruef through this experience found the true meaning of life her disappointments were tragic but what would be more tragic to her is knowing that Naomi wouldn't be taking Tara she cared about other people's happiness on earth above her own and that is the real beauty of the story Ruth had come to find refuge under the shadow of the wings of the Lord God of Israel. Her source of comfort in pain came from God and she was able to focus on someone who needed her help we know that roof poured her life continued his well being and as a result God was able to bring her into contact with Boaz who she married and together they became the grandparents of King David and part of the line of the Messiah I love the story of Ruth because God was able to turn around her greatest tragedies in life he didn't order those things to happen and we know that in a world of sin disappointments will come in all shapes and sizes but God is the master at taking the broken pieces of our lives and creating a mosaic so beautiful that when we look back we can actually smile while God was working behind the scenes Ruth focused on the needs of those around her being a blessing to as many people as she could I'm sure it was uneasy and there were still nights of silent tears but she chose to help those less fortunate and in so doing God wonderfully changed the circumstance the circumstances there's a concept in principle of how God works that has always stuck with me since I was 16 and I read it for the 1st time in desired ages page 25 it says through his life and his death Christ has achieved even more than recovery from the ruined wrought through sin. It was Satan's purpose to bring about any turn a separation between God and man but in Christ we become close more closely united to God than if we had never sent it so powerful even more than recovery I love that phrase because what the devil meant for evil God turns it around to make it an even greater blessing than if the deployed disappointment had never happened when you're in it it's truly hard and impossible to see how how God can turn things around and even the thought of it seems cruel but as you go through the stages of grief it's it's possible to see the beauty on the other side when God is in the center and in the meantime we follow the example of truth and focus on those around us we put our heads down and work on the betterment of others in our lives and you know I truly believe that if I could say God has a top 5 talents one of them is turning around our situation so much so that the devil wishes he would have never touched us in the 1st place even more than recovery that is what we see in Ruth's life God doesn't cause pain or will for pain to happen but he's an expert at taking our circumstances and bringing out beauty for ashes the oil of joy for mourning the garment of praise for the spirit of heavy ness Ruth found someone who needed her her mother in law a place where she could serve a life of making other people's lives better and through that she found healing. Our 2nd example is found in Genesis Chapter 37 we're talking about how to deal with disappointments in life in a way that reflects the goodness of God. And here is another profound example of someone who glorifies God in the midst of their trial in Genesis Chapter $37.00 in verse 3 is where we pick it out and it says now is real love Joseph more than all his children because he was the son of his old age also he made him a tunic of many colors but when his brother saw that their father loved him more than all his brothers they hated him and could not speak peaceably to him Joseph has made enemies of his brothers at this point by being the favorite of his father and he did have an easier life than them he was a little spoiled being the favorite this is a familiar story we know that when the opportunity came his brother stripped him of his special row almost killed him but decided to throw him in a pit and then verse $25.00 happens they sat down to eat a meal then they lifted their eyes and looked and there was a company of additional lights coming from Gilliatt with their camels bearing spices bomb and more on their way to carry them down to Egypt so Judah said to his brothers what profit is there for kill our brother and conceal his blood come in and let us sell him to the lights and let not our hand be upon him for he is our brother and our flag. And his brothers listened then Midianite traitors passed by so the brothers pulled Joseph up and with to him up out of the pit and sold him to the Ishmael lights for 20 shekels of silver and they took Joseph to Egypt. Everything that has happened to Joseph Up until this point has really been out of his hands as well the fact that he was a favorite to his father wasn't really even his fault getting beaten and thrown into to a pit and as well into slavery by his own brothers there's a lot of abandonment going on here a lot of fear major grief one moment everything seems fine and then the next he's on his way to live the cruel life of a slave in a foreign country so how did Joseph deal with all of this we read in Genesis 39 versus 136 it says now Joseph had been taken down to Egypt and part of for an officer Pharaoh captain of the guard and Egyptian bought him from the National lights who had taken him down there the Lord was with Joseph and he was a successful man and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian and his master saw that the Lord was with him and that the Lord made all he did to prosper in his hands so just to found favor in his sight and serve Him then He made him overseer of his house and all that he had put under his authority so it was from the time that he had made him overseer of his house and all that he had that the Lord bless the Egyptians house for Joseph sake and the blessing of the Lord was on all that he had in his in the House and in the field thus he left all that he had in Joseph hand and he did not know what he had except for the bread which he ate Wow Joseph rose to a place of great authority but before this time Joseph had no control over his situation similar to Ruth's experience he was a slave he was unfairly treated by people who didn't care about human life or his gone. But listen to the shift that happened in his mind as he was on his way to Egypt and what eventually brought him to the point that we just read in Genesis 39 this is from patriarchs and prophets page $214.00 Meanwhile Joseph with his captors was on the way to Egypt as a caravan journey and southward towards the border of Canaan the boy could discern in the distance the hills among which his fathers among which lay his father's Ted's bitterly he wept at the thought of that loving father in his loneliness and affliction again the scene at death and came up before him he saw his angry brothers and felt their fierce glances bent upon him the stinging insulting words that had met his agonized intruders were ringing in his ears with a trembling heart he looked toward the future so Josef is sitting in this caravan and he's he's thinking about the future he everything is happening so quickly what a change in situation from the tenderly cherished son to the despised and helplessly alone and friendless what would be his lot in the strange land to which he was going for a time Joseph gave himself up to uncontrolled grief and terror and I just have to say that in our grieving and whatever we go through especially when we go through really tough times there is a time that we redo have to sit and go through that process of what is. Changing what is before us Joseph gave himself up to uncontrolled grief and terror but in the providence of God Even this experience was to be a blessing to him he had learned in the few hours that which years might not otherwise have tied him his father strong and tender as his love had been a bit had done him wrong by his partiality and indulgence faults had been encouraged that were now to be corrected he was becoming self-sufficient and exacting accustomed to the tenderness of his father's care he felt that he was unprepared to cope with the difficulties before him in the bitter uncared for life of a stranger and a slave then his thoughts turned to his father's God in his childhood he had been taught to love and fear him Joseph believed that the God of his fathers would be his God He then and there gave himself fully to the Lord and he prayed that the keeper of Israel would be with him in the land of exile and now notice the spark is still thrilled with the high resolved to prove himself true to God under all circumstances to act as became a subject of the King of Heaven he would serve the Lord with on divided hearts he would meet the trials of his lot with fortitude and perform every duty with fidelity one day's experience had been the turning point in Joseph life its terrible calamity had transformed him from a parent child to a man thoughtful courageous and self-possessed in those hours of journeying journeying to Egypt God brought Joseph to a point in his mind where he knew exactly what he needed to do. Sometimes there are things that happen to us that are so out of our control you know obviously we're in the middle of a pandemic maybe it's something else that's happened that we don't have control over but we're looking to the future like Joseph and realizing that things may never be the same again whether it's for our families or for our own lives and for our business or whatever it might be perhaps in your career in your relationship with your family you're looking forward and realizing that the only way to get through it is to accept what's happening and to meet it head on through the power of God sometimes like Joseph God allows us to go through excruciating experiences in order to develop within us the necessary traits of character that we need so that he can unlock our potential and prepare us for greater platforms of service just had no idea what would lie ahead but he accepted that he would work his hardest and trust God implicitly and focus on glorifying God Through it all Joseph could have sat in his sorrow in self-pity and do his half best as a slave in Egypt and continually longed for home to the point of not being present where he was or just complaining but because Joseph trusted God and gathered strength from him to do his best in everything God brought him to the point to be overseer of Hunt for His home that principle never left him even when he was falsely accused of committing a crime against proffers wife and thrown into prison Joseph continually accepted it situation and determined to make it the best that he could I don't know about you but. It's easy for me to hold onto the past sometimes what could have been if only harboring resentment is is not something I do very much but there are a few things that I'm still learning to let go of things that I was to look at in the past and wonder what it would be like but we waste time and energy into Welling upon what could have been a dream we can't let go of that we should adore the shut that we keep trying to kick the hope in when God has shut it there are some disappointments that we hold on to so much refusing to move on and refusing to accept that God has our best in mind and refusing to trust that he can make it better when we should be putting our head down accepting God's providence and working forward to making the best of whatever God has put in front of us Joseph decided that whatever his circumstances he would do his best and glorify God you know deep do you think it was some lifelong dream of Joseph to become a slave in Egypt it wasn't it wasn't some great goal he had to be an Egyptian prisoner now but for many of us the moment our dreams are crushed. That is where we give up our lives are seemingly over we get so fixated on one way that life should be when maybe it was just a setting stone for something completely different and maybe your life feels like you're in slavery or prisoner but don't give up don't give in to despair and feeling that all is lost like Joseph hope in God determined to pick your life back up except that this is where life has you trust God and get to work do the best in whatever you do ultimately God was breaking Joseph down only to build him back you know life is not always what it seems to be Joseph's fellow prisoners were probably shocked to learn that their friend had become 2nd in command to Pharoah one of my favorite mottoes that I tell myself is there's always hope there's always hope even in small scenarios I always tell myself there's always hope when I feels kind of trivial even when I'm playing card games or when I'm doing something and I really want to win and it seems like I'm losing I was just say there's always hope and the reason I say that is because when we lose hope it affects our performance it affects the way we live life when we lose hope so I always tell myself there's always hope there's always hope. You who are being crippled by your circumstances right now who have spent a lot of time in self-pity and grief maybe have spent too much time there just remember with God There is always hope keep working keep trying keep hoping keep believing God hasn't left you your life isn't over in one to 5 years from now I promise you can be in a much different place and you'll be stronger because of it you'll have more hope in God because of it one of my favorite quotes is and help in daily living page 13 it says in the future life the mysteries that here have annoyed and disappointed us will be made plain we still see that our seemingly an answer prayers and disappointed hopes have been among our greatest blessings so powerful quote and with an example like Josephs and a promise like this you can put your hand to the plow and keep moving forward in whatever God has called you to do there is always hope our 2nd to last by Will character is found in Acts Chapter 9 I'll summarize the story for the sake of time and your turning there are 2 Acts Chapter 9 we find the story of Saul Here he is receiving threats and murder against the Disciples of Christ asking for letters from the synagogues of Damascus so that if he found any who were of the way he could bring them back down to Jerusalem. Salva zealous he's completely hardened against the message of Christ and being a fair c. of the fair seas you can only imagine that this is the only way he knows how to respond to the growing movement of the way but in verse 3 to 6 we see what happens here as he journeyed she came near Damascus and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven then he fell to the ground and heard a voice saying to him Saul Saul why are you persecuting me and he said Who are you Lord then the Lord said I am Jesus whom you are persecuting it is hard for you to kick against the codes so he trembled a stop so he shambling astonished said Lord what do you want me to do then the Lord said to him Arise and go into the city and you will be told what you must do Saul encounters Jesus for the 1st time he's blind he's not eating for 3 days and 3 nights and he's been confronted with the sin that he's had in him committing. Persecution and killing and imprisoning people in all of his zeal and he is at a place where he's humbled he is you could say disappointed himself let's read what it says in Acts of the Apostles about his experience on the morning of that eventful day Saul had near Damascus with feelings of self-satisfaction because of the confidence that had been placed in him by the chief priests but how unlike his anticipations was his entrance into the city stricken with blindness helpless tortured by remorse knowing not what further judgment might be in store for him he sought out the home of the disciple Judas where in solitude he had ample opportunity for reflection and prayer. For 3 days Saul was without sight and neither did eat nor drink these days of soul agony were to him his years again and again he recalled with anguish of spirit the part he had played in the martyrdom of Stephen with horror he thought of his guilt in allowing himself to be controlled by the malice and prejudice of the priests and rulers even when the face of steam had been lighted up with a radiance of heaven and sadness and brokenness of spirit he recounted the many times he had closed his eyes and ears against the most striking evidences and had relentlessly urged on the persecution of the believers in Jesus of Nazareth so unlike the experiences of Ruth and Joseph Saul found himself not just disappointed in his circumstances but disappointed in himself he was the cause of his own grief he had committed wrongs he had made mistakes he had hurt people because of the hardness of his own heart and now he felt himself in remorse and anguish and grief you know sometimes the hardest disappointments to overcome are the disappointments we have with ourselves the choices that we ourselves have made in the past or our making Presently the mistakes we've made that we have guilt over the people that we've hurt the wounding of pride when we realize we were wrong the pain of knowing we hurt God because of our inability to have self-control or the selfishness in our hearts Paul had done a lot of evil and had so much disappointment in his own life and I want to continue to share a little bit more of what she says about him. His only hope of help was in a merciful God and to him he appealed in broken this heart as Saul yielded himself to the fully to the convicting power of the Holy Spirit he saw the mistakes of his life and recognize the far reaching claims of the law of God He now bestowed God he now Balla before God with the humility and simplicity of a little child confessing his own unworthiness and pleading the merits of a crucified and risen Savior Saul longed to come into full harmony and communion with the Father and the Son and the intensity of his desire for pardon and acceptance he offered up fervent supplications to the throne of grace and now listen to this heart Christ and His righteousness became to solve more than the whole world Reno that Paul went on to preach the Gospel to the Jews and the Gentiles being used as a powerful force for good as he built up churches and he touched the lives of thousands of people physically and spiritually And still to this day God speaks through Paul to millions of people around the world who find strength and grace comfort and hope in their time of need you know you might be disappointed in the things that you've done maybe the person you've become as a result of continual acquiescence to what you know is not right the biggest disappointment in your life might be yourself today and if that's the case I urge you to follow the example of Paul and meet Christ and His righteousness more than all the world to you by the power of God to repent of the evil you've done the sin you've committed the selfish life you've subscribed to you you can commit your life to God and Neil it's never too late. And you've never done too much to be unaware of the of the righteous robes of Jesus Christ I sometimes think you know what did Jesus die for if it wasn't for that moment where you're stuck in the dark pit of sin and held down by the chains of evil at but you decide to look up to the face of Jesus and accept his blood and sacrifice on your behalf the Bible says in Romans 5 years 8 God demonstrates His own love toward us in that while we were still sinners Christ died for us never believe the lie that you have to reform yourself before you come to Jesus but you have to act to become righteous and holy before you come to him you know on earth Jesus was accused of spending too much time with publicans and sinners even while you are in your sin while you are fighting to get out God is not on the sidelines just watching with his arms crossed in it he while you're struggling to loose yourself from your chains he's right there with you fighting with you ready to pick you up when you fall so you can start again he's that breast friend that's there for you for the long haul not just for that moment of victory but he's there every day and especially he's ready to grant you forgiveness even for the 1000th time his love is patient and longsuffering and just like Paul you can throw yourself into the mercies of Jesus and never doubt again if God can restore you you know I don't know about you but when I mess up I have friends that I tell everything to one friend in particular knows everything about me The Good The Bad and The Ugly Her name is Lisa the Betty I tell her everything because she's a safe place for me I tell her because I know she'll love me just the same and because I know she'll always believe in me. It's funny how we think our earthly friends are better than our heavenly Father that he wouldn't accept us that he'd get tired of us that he would be angry and not want to talk to us if you know that God and never gets disappointed in you just wanted you to think about that for a moment he sees where you need help and he sad and he takes pity on you out of love but he's never disappointed in you. Your story can be like Paul's God wants to forgive cleanse and restore you and use you in ways that you can never imagine come to Jesus and recommit your life to him allow him to take you want to journey of wholeness and healing that you could never dream up of yourself God is not disappointed in you when you find yourself disappointed in yourself just know that there is a best friend that you can go to as we close I want to share one more experience one that has a little bit of a different ending than those that we have discussed thus far his name is John the Baptist his birth was miraculous his life unlike any other from the moment he was born he was preparing for his purpose were told in desire of ages that for a time his influence over the nation had was actually greater than all the rulers priests and princes he could have announced himself as the Messiah and raise a revolt against Rome and the people the priests they would have all flocked to his side. But through his experience through his his momentum and finally the time came for him to decrease in John chapter one John the Baptist declares that he is only the voice of one crying in the wilderness Make straight the way of the warring he sees Jesus coming towards him and he says Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world and he even has the privilege of that ties in Jesus but his popularity begins to decrease John the Baptist's disciples actually begin to get jealous but he wouldn't allow this to deter him from his mission to prepare the way of the Lord instead John the Baptist says a man can receive nothing except be given him from heaven year selves bear me witness that I said I am not the Christ but that I am sent before him he that hath the bride is the bridegroom but the friend of the bridegroom which stands and hears him rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice John's life was one of active labor for Christ he was the forerunner of the Messiah and yet because of the pride and anger of parents family in response to his rebuke of their sin he found himself in a lonely quiet prison much different than he thought his life would go if the cycles came to visit him often with updates of the work of Jesus and hearing how Christ Ministry was going but did you know that John also didn't quite understand the nature of Jesus Kingdom he also expected that Jesus would take the throne and hopefully release him from prison to. But as time passed and his stay in prison lengthened as his hopes were disappointed John the Baptist did not lose his faith in Christ he sent a message through his disciples to Jesus asking Are you the coming one or do we look for another. Jesus answered and said the blind see the lame walk the lepers are cleansed to death here the dead are raised the poor have the gospel preached to them. And bless it is he who is not offended because of me that's found in Luke 722 it was a gentle reproof to John and John clearly understood that message he understood from that message more clearly Christ mission and even if somehow him staying in prison was part of the plan of Christ if it would best serve the interests of the kingdom he yielded himself to God for life or for death Jesus spoke to the multitude these words in Luke 7 he said I say to you among those born of women there is not a greater profit than John the Baptist but he who is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he John experienced a huge disappointment in his life when he realized that Jesus wasn't actually going to take him out of his prison and instead of questioning God he chose to trust the overarching plan that he was a part of. For some and scripture the way they faced the disappointments that came their way resulted in happily ever after it resulted in becoming a part of the line of the Messiah for some their surrender to God meant becoming the 2nd most powerful person in the world reconciling with long lost family for others their legacy would live on in the thousands of words of Scripture that still still speaks to us today but for John the Baptist one who was called the greatest prophet his surrender to God resulted in a lonely life as a prisoner and ultimately death but his example to us teaches us a deep and powerful lesson that sometimes God doesn't change your circumstances the way you want it sometimes we will face disappointed disappointments that seem to never go away or where we are left to wonder if God really cares about our life but just know that God doesn't leave his people God doesn't abandon dest no matter what the end result of our commitment to God is the most important thing that we should be chasing is God Himself as you deal with the disappointments and challenges of life remember that the point sometimes is not to accomplish something great is not to become someone great to achieve this or that sometimes the point of getting through the challenges the reward of overcoming disappointment is finding God Himself and trusting Him no matter why. I don't know what you're going through today but just know that we serve a God who promises to never leave you nor for c.q. we serve a God who can take your greatest tragedies and turn them into your greatest joys who takes the most broken people and turns them into the greatest reflection of himself we serve a God who sometimes cannot be understood but he can always be trusted I look forward to hearing the stories and I have and your story my story of overcoming the challenges of life by the grace of God and seeing him come through for use in way in ways that you could never imagine and so my encouragement to all of you and to myself is to get to know this God who is with you every step of in the journeys of life to get to know the real Cod who will one day make all things right whether in your life time or when he comes again get to know Him trust Him and commit your life to him today let's go ahead and do that right now as we pray Father in Heaven Lord we are just humbled by the ways that you've shown us in your word you've proven yourself true over and over again in the lives of people who thought that this was it and that their life was not going to mean with the thought it would or go in the direction that they thought it would and yet you completely turned it around and that is the God that we serve and we're so grateful that we serve a God who loves us who is our best friend no matter how the devil try ice to make us believe that you don't care about us Lord you are with us in our greatest trials and our greatest disappointments in life. And you're with us till the very end whether help come comes out like we thought or not we just want you to know that you're enough for us Lord and that we will live our days honoring glorify you loving you and striving to be more like you God as we go throughout the Sabbath and throughout the rest of this week the next several months about all the changes that are for sure to come in our life we pray that you would help us to deal with them with grace with trust and with courage we look to you and me love you the Lord in your name I pray in. This media was brought to you by audio force a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse if you would like to listen to more sermons lead to visit w w w dot audio Verse dot org.

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