‘Now go, lead the people…’ Exodus 32:34
Here are two more types of disappointment you’ll deal with in life:
1) Disappointment in those you work with and depend on. To succeed, you need people; you can’t make it without them. And when those people fail you it’s painful. Imagine Moses’ disappointment. He leaves his brother Aaron in charge while he attends a summit conference with God and receives the Ten Commandments. Returning, he finds Israel in anarchy, idolatry and unspeakable perversion. Where’s Aaron? Leading the rebellion! When Moses needs him most, Aaron fails him miserably. But watch Moses; true leadership shines in deep disappointment. He confronts Aaron, takes the mess to God for resolution, and prays forgiveness for Israel. God listens, then reminds Moses of his assignment. ‘”…go, lead the people…my angel will go before you…” (v. 34). Disappointment doesn’t cancel your assignment – or God’s presence. Do what He sent you to do.
2) Disappointment in those you’ve poured your life into. Let’s check in again with Moses, Founding Pastor of The Church of the Critical and the Ungrateful, a congregation of former slaves, delivered, abundantly blessed, en route to the Promised Land, but without a shred of loyalty or gratitude for the man who put everything on the line to make it possible. Fresh out of Egypt they turn on Moses, accusing, blaming and berating him (Exodus 14). Was Moses disappointed and hurt? Yes. But each time he wanted to quit he’d discuss it with God, pray for his complaining flock, receive fresh orders from headquarters and return to work. It’s what God-called men and women do when they’re disappointed and feel like giving up.
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till next time,
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