Why Are You Disappointed?

5 Oct

Man, I can’t get enough of Jon Bloom‘s posts over at Desiring God. In this post, he presents a hypothetical conversation between Joseph Barsabbas (one of the candidates who was being considered to replace Judas in Acts 1:26, but, ultimately, was turned down) and “Primus” (one of Joseph’s disciples who just experienced a specific disappointment in his life).

After the short, hypothetical conversation, Jon Bloom offers these words:

A very precious thing Jesus says to you, as a disciple, is this: “You did not choose me but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit . . .” (John 15:16).

But this also implies that Jesus will dis-appoint you many times—meaning, there are some appointments from which Jesus will remove you, and others that he simply will not grant to you.

At these times we must “not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment” (John 7:24). In Christ, God is pursuing you only with goodness and mercy (Psalm 23:6). His promise is this: “He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:32).

When feeling disappointed, follow your emotions to their roots. You will find unbelief that requires the herbicide of God’s promises for you.

Click here to read the rest (including the hypothetical conversation).

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