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Devotional - week of August 19, 2012


DISAPPOINTMENT

 

But we were hoping that it was He who was going to redeem Israel. Indeed, besides all this, today is the third day since these things happened.  Luke 24:21

 

Three days after the crucifixion, two of the disappointed disciples were walking to Emmaus, a small town near Jerusalem. Without them knowing who He was, Jesus joined them, “And He said to them, ‘What kind of conversation is this that you have with one another as you walk and are sad?’” (Luke 24:17).

 

They had had high hopes about Jesus but now they believe their hopes were all in vain. Before Jesus left them, He revealed to them who He was.

 

We all know the feeling because we have been there many times. We had planned, prayed, worked and hoped that something would happen, but it did not.

 

Sadly, some become so disappointed that they give up on God. One day a small boy prayed all day for his father to bring him some chewing gum. The Father didn’t bring it. This experience turned him away from God. In adulthood, he became an alcoholic.

 

When we understand Scripture and live by it, we can escape the bad effects of our disappointments. Scripture says, in all things give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18). Scripture also says that “all thing work together for good to those who love God” (Romans 8:28).

 

We can face our disappointments when we are free from our own point of view and give ourselves to God to live out of His point of view. We live that way when we live out our union with Christ.