Read Genesis 27; 2 Cor 4:8-10; Psalm 121:1-2
When your life comes to a “stand-still” due to disappointment, what then? Garner C. Taylor in one of his radio sermons amplifies the situation. “We long to know what to do in our hour of trial, when dreams have faded and hope is limp. What then? When children have disappointed or a love has grown cold. What then? When health is gone, taking with it the joy of living. What then? Either at one of these points or at some other point, countless people must make their decision as to what they will do, how they will carry it off when the pilgrimage of life moves from an even path to a rocky road beneath darken skies and amidst gloomy surroundings. In the valley of disappointment, along heartbreak highway, what cry shall we raise?”
Which of the two things in your life has had the most impact and influence, “disappointment” or prayer?” There is no such thing as a free pass in this life’s journey without “bumps and disappointments.” We will either stub our toes in failure, or at some point or another, a door will shut in our faces which will take away the joy we may be having at the time. Life can be filled with interludes of disappointments. What do we do? Do we give up? Do we quit living? Do we blame God for experiencing an unhappy life wherein, it seems we just can’t get any joy and happiness on our life’s calendar.
Do you know of anyone who has made it through this life without experiencing disappointment? We’re sometimes misunderstood and not appreciated. Our labor is not always appreciated. Our children and friends disappoint, deceive and betray us, untimely illness intervenes. We disappoint ourselves in some decisions we make, and even fall short of our own goals by allowing ourselves to be distracted by some senseless and foolish issues. It is possible that some of these hardships we do not deserve, yet they come to us. What then? We will all have our upside of the mountain time to climb.
Adam had his moments of disappointments when he was expelled from the pleasant Garden. Abraham had his hopes in reaching Canaan land deferred. Jacob had his disappointments when he had to work an extra seven years for his preferred wife, Rachel. Moses had his disappointment when he was told by God he will not be able to set foot in the Promise Land. David knew disappointment when he designed and funded the Temple, but was not allowed to build it nor see it built. Abraham Lincoln had his sadness when he lost his young son, as well as, having to endure the social embarrassment of his wife’s mental behavior in the white house. Mrs. Jackie Kennedy had to endure the social embarrassment and pain of the loss of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in the eyes of thousands of people on a bright day in Dallas, Texas.
Every man, woman, boy and girl will have to face the walk in that lonesome valley at some time or another. No one will be able to walk it for you. You will have to go it alone, otherwise life stops for you. There are days, it seems, it is not worth getting out of bed (2 Cor 4:8-10).
Esau had his disappointment when he bargained with his birth right and his brother, Jacob, stole his birth right by deceit with the help of his very own mother. Yet Esau did not go away cursing his brother, mother nor father. Instead he went directly to his father and poured out his anguish and disappointment to him. Esau lifted up his voice and wept. There is a time and place in God’s grace for everything except quitting and turning away. And not say, “I won’t try anymore.”
There are times when we must cry out to God when hurt and angry like Job. “I wish I could find God, I would argue my case before Him.” This is not to say God will not allow us our fretful and angry attitudes when we feel that we have been wronged by life. God always understands us as long as we maintain our respect toward Him. The ultimate cry from the soul of God’s children, when we hurt is, “Tho You slay me, yet will I trust you. Bless me Lord!”
Esau held the belief and faith that his father Isaac, would somehow still be able to bestow his blessings upon him in spite of his personal disappointment and anger (Gen 27:38). This fact is often lost when this story is read. Esau held on to hope and faith that he would receive an equal blessing eventually from his father, who mistakenly gave the first blessing to the undeserving brother, Jacob. Esau was eventually given a blessing (Gen 33:1-16). God’s children should take a lesson from Esau and cry out to God to bless them when they are deep in disappointment. God is able to give us beauty for our ashes (Isa 61:3). He can and will heal our hurts and replace them with joy, otherwise, His promise to us in John 10:10 is not true.
When disappointed, will we be able to say through our tears, like the son, Esau, “My Father, bless me still!”
THE DARKEST HOUR IS ALWAYS JUST BEFORE DAYBREAK!