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Feb 12 Devotion: Disappointed Christians

Proverbs 15:22 – “ Without counsel purposes are disappointed: but in the multitude of counsellors they are established.”

If you study the Bible, those people that accomplished much for God all have several traits in common. They humbled themselves toward God, made themselves available to God, equipped themselves with the instruction from God, and were ever conscious of their thankfulness for God’s mercy and grace. But one thing that stands out to me is that anyone that God used greatly was satisfied with the life that God had given them. Are there accounts where some grew weary in the flesh and wondered why their life was in its current state? Of course. But even in these low points of desperation they did not seek after the world to appease them, they instead were satisfied with the knowledge that God does all things well and will not suffer a faithful servant to waste away for nought.

One thing that seems to be lacking in Christians of our day is satisfaction with their current life. I wonder, how many Christians are disappointed with what God has given them? They desire bigger, better and more bounty. They labor away to make their desires a reality and when those plans fall to nought they are disappointed because they feel like God OWED them their dreams.

How many Christians truly rely upon the counsel of God when dealing with the matters of their life? Did not Isaiah prophecy that Christ would be called “Counselor?” Is an omniscient counselor through the person of the Holy Spirit not valued by modern saints? Do we disregard the Word of God which, he preserved to be a lamp into our feet and a light unto our path? Is their not satisfaction in knowing the purpose that God wills for us to embrace?

Our plans, outside the will of God, will always be disappointments because God will not offer Holy counsel to aid an endeavor that contradicts His will and purpose for our life.

However, when we embrace the purpose that God has desires for us there is satisfaction, peace, joy, and (most importantly) fellowship with God.

If it isn’t the will of God, our purposes with being polluted with bitterness (ask Naomi, who changed her name to Mara, which means bitterness). Your dream house will become a prison of disappointment, your dream car will become a painful burden, your dream job will become the bane of your existence, your chosen friends will become your enemies. Yet, contentment with the blessings of God, the satisfaction of knowing that God purposes us to live the best life we could ever have, will lead to a life that is worth living.

I’m convinced that the reason the world doesn’t desire Christ is because those that claim to have received Jesus live like they are disappointed with the Son of God.

Your fellowservant in Christ,

Bro. Jordan Foster


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