This weekend at River Oaks, as we continued in the “Break Free” series, Tommy Morelock introduced us to the prophet Jeremiah and the deep disappointment he experienced.
- Didn’t want to be a prophet (Jer. 1:4-6).
- He obeyed the Lord (40 years of ministry)
- He was often called the “weeping prophet”
- He was persecuted throughout his entire ministry from all sides (Jer. 12:5-6, 20:10, 20:2, 37:15, 20:7, 38:6).
- He was emotionally spent numerous times (Jer. 12:1-4, 15:10-11).
Because Jeremiah’s life didn’t work out the way he had hoped—even after being obedient to God’s call on his life—he experienced deep disappointment. And, deep disappointment can lead to jealousy and envy, being mad at God, and extreme bitterness.
Four truths to remember in the midst of deep disappointment:
- When you experience hardship or trials, talk honestly to God.
- Celebrate God’s goodness in the lives of others and take stock of God’s goodness in your life (Romans 12:15, James 3:16, Prov. 14:30)).
- Affirm God’s faithfulness and look to heaven (James 4:14, Rev. 21:1-5).
- Celebrate what Jesus has done for you.
Ultimate Truth: God loved us so much that he sent his one and only son to die for us.
- What was your experience like at River Oaks this weekend? Anything you would like to share with the staff?
- Is there an area of deep disappointment that you are experiencing and you can’t quite break through? Maybe we can come alongside you to offer help. Please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know.
- Clinging to Truth verses circumstance this week,
Scott Tilley, firstname.lastname@example.org / 574.875.1152 x103