Been disappointed? Time to rise up from defeat

Since the Bible is an  accurate record of the lives of many people, it reveals the shortcomings and  failures of human nature.  It also  tells of miraculous rescues of those who had become great disappointments to  others and to themselves.


Abraham disappointed  his wife, Sarah, by telling the kings of Egypt that she  was his sister, in order to save his life.  But this same man rebounded from weakness and became known as the friend  of God and the father of the faithful.

Jacob disappointed his  father, Isaac, by pretending to be his brother, Esau, so that he could receive  the blessing of the firstborn son (Genesis 27).  But later Jacob’s name was changed to  Israel, meaning “Prince with God,” and in his older years he lived up to his new name.

Have others  disappointed you?  Don’t give up on  them.  The best may be yet to  come.

More than any other,  Jesus felt the wounds of disappointment from those He loved.

He did not do many  mighty works in His home area because so few there believed.

 Even after His perfect  example of humility, two of His disciples, James and John, connived to get the  highest places in the kingdom.

Peter denied his Lord  three times just before the crucifixion.

Thomas could not  summon faith enough to believe in the resurrection without visible  proof.

Yet in all these  heartbreaking experiences, there is not one word of self-pity or bitterness from  our Lord.  Why?

Because He understood  human nature and was not shaken by its ugly manifestations.  He had not come to condemn but  to save.  Beyond even the cruel  cross was the joy of rescuing lost people and giving them eternal life. He saw past the failures and sins to the  future potential of those about Him.

Many who had rejected  Him would believe.

James and John who had  desired the highest places in the kingdom would become faithful apostles, preachers and penman who would turn others to faith.

Peter would become the  spokesman for the New Testament church.

Thomas would believe  after a weak week and would finally give his life as a martyr, being thrust  through with a spear and suffering a wound somewhat like the one he had once  demanded to be able to thrust his hand into in order to believe.

These disappointing  ones would become dynamic Christians, turning the world upside down with their  powerful preaching of the Gospel that had been entrusted to them. They would rise up from defeat and go on  to the greatest days of their lives.

Many have done just that. So can you.

Your recent failures  need not mean the end of meaningful living. The future can be brighter than the  past.  And a great future beats a  great past every time.

God can make the  difference for you.  Like the  Prodigal Son who came to himself in the pigpen and returned to his waiting  father, you can return.  You can  rise up from defeat and receive your Heavenly Father’s  welcome.

Haven’t you been  defeated long enough?


Roger Campbell is an author, a broadcaster and columnist  who was a pastor for 22 years.

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