"You will overcome Disappointment", Bishop Noel Jones Preaching
"I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” - John 16:33
I come before you with a heart weighed down by disappointments. Life hasn’t turned out like I expected. I feel let down, like I’ve been failed in some way. Part of me wants to complain, part of me wants to give up in despair, and part of me wonders, Why do I even bother? Yet even as I ask this, your Spirit prompts me in remembrance of your word. I know why life is disappointing. I know that it’s not supposed to be this way. You created everything to work together in perfect harmony. But in spite of how I feel, I ask for the faith to keep going, to keep pushing, to keep trusting you God. I know your word shall not come back void, that everything you have promises from the morning of creation will come to pass.
I thank you Father for providing a way out of the curse of giving up too soon. I thank you that because of your Son, I have the hope of heaven and eternity with you forever. I long for the day when all things will be restored to its rightful place, where there will be no more disappointments and sorrows and I'll be finally freed of my sorrow forever. But until that day, help me to see the goodness of the lord in the land of the living. Help me to hold my head up high, even when the rains come and the storms in my life of raging. Let me keep my faith steadfast in you. For I know that I am more than a conquerer through Jesus Christ my Lord. Help me to have an eternal perspective. Help me to see my disappointments in light of Jesus sacrifice on the cross.
Help me to seize the disappointments I face as opportunities to draw closer to you and not away from you. Help me to learn from them. Help them to shape me more and more into the image of your Son. Help me to see Jesus in them and to see his love and grace for me. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen