Dealing With Disappointment Pt. 2

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“Trust in your own reasoning the Lord with all your heart, and lean not to your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths.”

Suffering almost always involves a loss. A loss of income, a job, a loved one, health, friends etc. And with that loss, disappointment with the situation, and even with God is a common temptation.

We tend to think, how can a good God take _________ away from me? Jonah had a situation in his life that really gives a great perspective for people dealing with a tough time.

Jonah 4:5 Jonah had gone out and sat down at a place east of the city. There he made himself a shelter, sat in its shade and waited to see what would happen to the city. 6 Then the LORD God provided a leafy plant and made it grow up over Jonah to give shade for his head to ease his discomfort, and Jonah was very happy about the plant. 7 But at dawn the next day God provided a worm, which chewed the plant so that it withered. 8 When the sun rose, God provided a scorching east wind, and the sun blazed on Jonah’s head so that he grew faint. He wanted to die, and said, “It would be better for me to die than to live.”

9 But God said to Jonah, “Is it right for you to be angry about the plant?”

“It is,” he said. “And I’m so angry I wish I were dead.”

10 But the LORD said, “You have been concerned about this plant, though you did not tend it or make it grow. It sprang up overnight and died overnight. 11 And should I not have concern for the great city of Nineveh, in which there are more than a hundred and twenty thousand people who cannot tell their right hand from their left—and also many animals?”

Jonah was having a bad week, God called him to do something he didn’t want to do, he got thrown off a boat, swallowed by a whale, spit out on shore, and then finally….finally when he was getting some rest, God provided him a plant to give him shade. As soon as he started getting some rest, God caused a worm to chew through the plant and the shade was removed.

I would love to hear Jonah’s unfiltered response when he woke up to scorching sunlight and what God had provided for him was taken away. Why in the world would God give something, just to take it away!? Is God some type of Cosmic Sadist that likes to play practical jokes on people? As much as tough times may force some people to answer yes to that question, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The truth is that God is sovereign. David said in Psalm 24:1 “the earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it”, acknowledging God’s complete autonomy in the world.

That’s a scary concept if we look at the human history of dictators, genocides and the incomprehensible inhumane acts that have been committed by people with too much power.

But God isn’t just Sovereign, He’s good. And everything that he sovereignly performs, He is working out for a good purpose. In the case of Jonah it was to remind him that He was the one that caused the plant to grow, He cared for it, He watered it, He provided for it, and it was not Jonah’s place to be angry at His removing it, because we are accountable to God, not the other way around.

As difficult and obnoxious as this may sound, In tough times, take a step back out of your situation and realize that it was God that created you, not the other way around. God is all knowing, you are not.

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2 Responses to “Dealing With Disappointment Pt. 2”

  1. Grice says:

    Jordan, so many people in your situation would have been so bitter- but you still recognize the soverenity and goodness of God, even in the midst of such disappointment. I prayerfully look forward to having our shade restored with God’s second healing touch.

  2. God bless you my brother in Christ, your mom shared with me yesterday that things have changed, by faith I believe the more you Honor God the more God will bless you. In the book of James the Lord say if any of you are sick, call upon the Elders of the church to come and annoint your wife and kneel down to pray. I have done some research on the internet about healing emotionally and spiritually that may be helpful for you and Danielle, it is called Integretative (check spelling) Regulatory Therapy that will break the barriers when the doctors say their is nothing else to do. I believe the Lord always have an answer to every problem. Hold on Bless God and lay hands on Danielle because God Love the both of you no matter what in Jesus Name. Please keep me posted at bafrost45@hotmail so that will know what to pray for. If you decide to give the Oasis of Hope a call, the number is 1-888-500-hope. Sister Beverly

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