“One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: ‘Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent…” Paul’s ministry in the city of Corinth had come under attack. What he had to offer was being threatened by those who didn’t agree. Paul had had great vision and dreams about what God could do through him in bringing people to Christ. There was a great disappointment when things weren’t going according to plan. Paul’s initial reaction was to leave (18:6). However, in Paul’s disappointment, he still chose to look to God and to hear the voice of Jesus. In his disappointment over things not going his way, he still chose to live in extended trust.
Everyday there are things we desire and ways we hope the day will go. We join various teams, efforts, jobs, and organizations with a vision and expectation on how we’ve assumed in our mind it will be. When our expectations are met with a different reality, many times our initial reaction is to withdraw our participation or our support. God’s call to us is to live extended and with extended trust. If He calls us to something, trust that He has already known of the interruption to our expectations. We must also consider that He may, in fact, be the author of that interruption. Keep your eyes on Jesus as you continue to prepare for what God has called you to be a part of. When you are disappointed, stay closer in connection with His voice over your emotions. When you trust Him, your disappointment will be short lived.
Extended Reading Option: 1 Peter 5:7
Extended Journal Option: What disappointments are you holding onto? Why is it sometimes hard to “cast off” our cares to Him? What freedom is there when you do?