By LWAM, Mar 16 2015 11:47PM
The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as King over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.” (1 Samuel 16: 1)
Every now and then disappointments will come to us. To be disappointed is to be in a state where hope or plan has failed to be a reality. When something does not come out as expected, we become disappointed. When someone does not do something as good as we hoped, desired or expected we become disappointed. Disappointments make us retreat, recoil and hinders our progress
Elijah, after pulling down fire from heaven became a disappointed man after Jezebel plotted to kill him and he asked God to kill him. Just like Elijah, some disappointed people wish to die while others give God ultimatums and deadlines to show up ‘or else…..’ The bad thing about being disappointed is that one tends to see the insurmountable present circumstances. Elijah spoke only of the Lord’s prophets being killed. He made no mention of the victory at Mt. Carmel.
When Hannah became disappointed, her heart became bitter, she wept and was downhearted. Samuel 1:10 says, “In bitterness of soul, Hannah wept much and prayed to the Lord.”
In our main text above, Samuel was mourning for someone that God had rejected. sometimes we also become disappointed and mourn because of things or people that God has rejected in our lives.
First and foremost, stop mourning. To mourn is to feel or express sorrow or grief over misfortune, loss, or anything regretted. Samuel was disappointed at how things had tuned out in Israel. King Saul had failed and the Lord regretted that he had made him king over Israel (2 Sam 15:35). He was also disappointed because the Israelites had rejected God and had asked for a king like the other nations. Here now, their king had disobeyed God and lost his kingship and the kingly anointing. The only thing Samuel could do now was to mourn. However, before God could give him further instructions, He asked him to stop mourning.
Don’t dwell on your discouragement. Encourage yourself in the Lord. Post a guard on your heart and choose not to be disappointed no matter what the devil throws to you. Refuse to be frustrated.
Do not see the negative side all the time. Try to see the opportunity in the difficulty. Don’t let discouragement make you see only the dark side. Refuse to drown. Keep your head above the water and refuse to go under. The Bible says that there is hope for a tree if it is cut down, it will sprout again and its new shoots will not fail. Its roots may grow old in the ground and its stump die in the soil, yet at the scent of water, it will bud and put forth shoots like a plant (Job 24:7–9). There is hope for you. The devil may have cut the tree, but thank God that he (the devil) forgot about the roots! The roots are still in the soil. That is to say, it is not too late for God to turn your disappointment around. Weeping endures for a night but joy comes in the morning (Psalms 30:5)
When Jesus arrived at Jairus’ house He found people crying and mourning. He said to them, "Do not weep, for she is not dead but sleeping” (Luke 8:52). He had all the mourners put outside and then raised the girl from the dead.
When faced with difficult problems and confusion, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess (Hebrews 3:1). Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the founder and perfector of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted (Hebrews 12:2-3). Everything else might be messed up- but Jesus is not messed up or confused. He is seated at the right hand of the Father making intercession for us! We have to keep our thoughts fixed on Him.
Thus says the LORD: "Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears, for there is a reward for your work, declares the LORD" (Jeremiah 31:16)