RESPONDING TO DISAPPOINTMENT

08132016-Saturday


“And the Lord said to me, ‘Enough! Speak to Me no more of this matter. Go up to the top of Pisgah and lift up your eyes to the west and north and south and east, and see it with your eyes, for you shall not cross over this Jordan’” (Deuteronomy 3:26-27).

For forty years Moses lived with the anticipation of entering the Land of Promise. Can you imagine his disappointment at being denied the opportunity to enter therein? Of course, we have all known disappointment. It’s a universal experience. Something or someone has disappointed you. The more important question, however, is one of response. We can strike out in bitterness, resentment, and anger. We can give up and just throw our hands up in exasperation. Or, we can move on in faith; believing that God uses all circumstances to accomplish his ultimate purposes.

Moses’ disappointment didn’t cause him to lose faith in God or hope in his future. He died in peace on Mt. Nebo, trusting in the eternal purposes of God. How will you respond?

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