HANDLING DISAPPOINTMENT

 

   Disappoint- failure to satisfy hopes or expectations, to break one's promise- Webster.

 

DISAPPOINTMENT IN HEAVEN

 

   Isaiah 14:12-15 How great was the disappointment in the heart of God when Lucifer rose up against his creator.

   Genesis 3:9-13 God's heart was broken when Adam and Eve disobeyed and fell in the garden.

   Genesis 6:5-6 The recorded sorrow that God felt as He looked down onto the earth and was so greatly disappointed that sin had so powerfully gripped the heart of mankind.

   Deuteronomy 5:29 Here we can see the broken heart of God as his great disappointment is seen in the Nation of Israel during the time of Moses.

 

DIAPPOINMENTS OF JESUS

 

   Matthew 21:19 Jesus was often times disappointed. Here Jesus wanted fruit from the fig tree and was so disappointed that He cursed the tree. A spiritual lesson for sure but also a disappointment.

   Mark 21:12 When Jesus came to the Temple He expected to find people in a state of prayer but obviously was greatly disappointed.

   Matthew 17:14-20 The disappointment that Jesus had in His disciples for their lack of faith in rebuking and casting out the demon from a boy.

   Matthew 26:40 Jesus expressed disappointment with His disciples when they fell asleep in the garden of Gethsemane when He specifically asked them to pray for Him.

   Luke 17:17 Jesus shows His disappointment with the lepers that were healed by asking “were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine?

 

DISAPPOINTMENTS IN JESUS

 

   Mark 4:35-38 The disciples of Jesus, much like ourselves, were disappointed the Jesus would lead them into a great storm where there was no human possibility of getting out from it.

   Matthew 9:9-11 The Pharisees, the scribes and teachers of the day where disappointed in Jesus because if He was a holy man of God He would certainly keep the Law of Moses.

   Matthew 9:51-53 The Samaritan people were disappointed in Jesus because He cared more for the Jews than He cared for them.

   Matthew 10:34-38 Most of the Jewish nation was disappointed in Jesus because of His preaching concerning Himself went against what they considered family values.

 

DISAPPOINTMENT AND SIN

 

   II Timothy 4:16-17 Paul was greatly disappointed when he was brought before the courts for his preaching and his stand for Christ. His response to the disappointment he felt is God's message for us.

   A. Forgiveness- Paul immediately took the high road and truly forgave those that had let him down.

   B. Recognize God- Paul immediately recognized that he was not alone, Christ was always with him.

   C. Recognize Purpose- Paul knew that God had a purpose for his life that was not yet finished.

   When we handle disappointment right all is well, but when we don't it can lead to resentment, anger, self-pity, bitterness retaliation, and depression. These characteristics are sinful and hurtful to everyone.