3/26 Confined By Disappointment
If we are facing disappointment, let's keep this one thing in mind from today's episode of Rise and Shine.
REFLECTION VERSE: And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast. 1 Peter 5:10-11 (NIV)
We've been talking about the things that confine. One of the things that can confine us, just like John was confined in a prison cell, is disappointment. Disappointment maybe with ourselves maybe with other people, just like John was disappointed. I mean, there's no question he felt disappointed by his circumstances. How could he have not? He wasn't free anymore. All he was trying to do was serve God, and now he was in a prison cell. You could even make the case that he had some disappointment with Jesus.
Sometimes in life we find ourselves in similar places. Maybe we are disappointed with people, and feel like they should have treated us better. We're disappointed in the outcomes of certain situations that didn't go the way we were hoping. We find ourselves disappointed in a relationship, or disappointed with something at work, or disappointed with ourselves, maybe. Maybe we didn't perform the way we were supposed to, or we just didn't handle the situation right and wish we had a do-again, a re-do. But it's not going to happen. We're disappointed.
In these places of disappointment, whether it's disappointed with ourselves, with others, or with God, we need to remember the disappointments—if we welcome the Lord into them—can be appointments of grace. Disappointments in life can become His appointments of grace. That is He can show up there, and He can meet our needs, and He can hit us in a place where we need it most, and He can turn something around inside of us. God wants to fill us with His grace. Even now Lord we ask for it, turn our disappointments into appointments of Your grace.