Disappointments And Disillusions

April 29, 2013

Disappointments And Disillusions

There are many disappointments and disillusions in life.  It’s impossible to escape from them entirely, but there are ways of avoiding some of them.  Many disappointments result from misplaced confidence.  “Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the LORD!” (Isaiah 31:1)  Horses sometimes get scared and run away.  Chariot wheels sometimes fall off.  On today’s models they get flat tires.

We can’t live without putting confidence in others, but we need to be discerning.  Fortunate are those who have the ability of being a good judge of character.  Sometimes we are obligated to trust someone without having been given a choice.  Some people are very adept at hiding their true character.  They can be loving, thoughtful, and outgoing.  They don’t draw the net until they have their victim in their grasp.

The hearts of many have been broken because they trusted in a marriage partner who proved to be unfaithful.  I have known many young girls who thought they married a Christian.  Sometime after the wedding they realized that he was an unbeliever disguised as a believer.  Young Christian girls who are producing the fruits of the spirit are attractive.  I can see why young men would be attracted to them.  The fruits of the Spirit are listed in Galatians 5:22-23.  “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,    Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”

In Matthew 7:12 Jesus said, “Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.” That means we shouldn’t be guilty of disappointing or deluding others.  We should live our life in such a way that those who put their trust in us will not be disappointed.  It is possible that some may expect more of us than we are capable of producing.  Some may misinterpret or misunderstand something we have said.  As much as possible, we should be transparent.

The Bible relates a time when two of Jesus disciples were disillusioned. These disciples were walking on the road to Emmaus.  As they walked, they talked about the disappointment that resulted from the crucifixion of Jesus.  It is found in Luke   24:13-21 “And, behold, two of them went that same day to a village called Emmaus, which was from Jerusalem about threescore furlongs.   And they talked together of all these things which had happened.    And it came to pass, that, while they communed together and reasoned, Jesus himself drew near, and went with them. But their eyes were holden that they should not know him.    And he said unto them, What manner of communications are these that ye have one to another, as ye walk, and are sad?    And the one of them, whose name was Cleopas, answering said unto him, Art thou only a stranger in Jerusalem, and hast not known the things which are come to pass there in these days? And he said unto them, what things? And they said unto him, Concerning Jesus of Nazareth, which was a prophet mighty in deed and word before God and all the people:    And how the chief priests and our rulers delivered him to be condemned to death, and have crucified him. But we trusted that it had been he which should have redeemed Israel: and beside all this, today is the third day since these things were done.”   There were two reasons for their disappointment.  First they were either ignorant of, or disregarded Jesus promise to raise from the dead after three days.  They were right in thinking that the Messiah would set up a kingdom.  Biblical prophecy tells us that he will still do it, but Jesus never promised to deliver Israel from Rome during his earthly ministry.

Disappointments and disillusions affect us emotionally.  They may leave us with a lack of security.  We may have fears. Some go into depression if they have had a succession of disappointments. People who have gone through a divorce often find it difficult to love and trust another marriage partner.

It gives us stability if we have friends who have proven that they can be trusted.  That’s why it’s important to be part of a good local church.  Even there, you can be disappointed, but it is less likely.  When we see someone struggling because they have been disappointed and disillusioned, we should come along side of them and give them encouragement.

Trusting in God doesn’t mean we will never suffer.  Job 13:15 says, “Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him.” Many have been slain because they refused not to trust in God.  Erwin W. Lutzer has a good explanation of this. “Those Christians who conclude that evil triumphs because God is too weak to hold Satan back will find no hope in their distress.  But those who trust that God is still firmly in control even when they suffer great persecution know that they will one day be compensated for the sacrifices they endure.  They share the Apostle Paul’s conviction ‘that our present sufferings are not worthy comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us’ (Romans 8:18).  And they are sustained by the fact that the greater their present suffering, the greater their future glory.” “The Cross In The Shadow Of The Crescent”  P. 93 Harvest House Publishers ISBN 9780736951326

There is one person we can always trust.  Psalm 40:4 says, “Blessed  is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor such as turn aside to lies.” Repeatedly the Bible tells us to trust in God.  Have you put your trust in God?  First of all, we need to trust in God for salvation.  I John 5:10 says, “He that believeth on the Son of God hath the witness in himself: he that believeth not God hath made him a liar; because he believeth not the record that God gave of his Son.” To believe on the Son means to put your complete trust in him to save you from your sin.  When you do that, John 1:12 says you will become a child of God.  We can expect God to do a lot more for his children than he will for those who aren’t.  If we trust in God and his promises he will guide us and provide for us.  “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come” (John 16:13).  “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).  You will never be disappointed or disillusioned because of having put your trust in God.

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