The danger of disappointment is that it can lead us into questioning God’s character and our identity in him, which attacks our godly expectations. Disappointment does not cancel our assignment or God’s presence, but it does build a wall that blocks our view of the horizon, creating a barrier between us and God. As the brick wall goes up it attacks our courage to step out. Satan uses disappointment to lie and rob us of our future andwe empower him by agreeing with his deception. It calls into question our identity buying into various lies around “I must have done something wrong.” Faith is about belief and expectation but if we allow disappointment to accumulate this significantly reduces our expectation of God’s love, goodness and power. We need to stay in the place of God’s grace and love and learn how to effectively process our disappointment with him
In the early years of the twentieth century, a young man emigrated from Europe to the United States. Being of limited means, he had scraped and saved for quite some time in order to have the money for his steamship ticket. Finally, with ticket in hand, he packed his few belongings, including enough bread and cheese to sustain him over the weeklong voyage. During the journey he passed his days peacefully by walking the decks or resting in his cabin. Every now and then he would pass by the ship’s dining hall and savor the aromas of the rich and varied dishes served there. Sometimes he even stood and watched through the window as other passengers enjoyed their meals. Then, knowing he could never afford such a banquet, he would hurry to his cabin and parcel out some of his bread and cheese. On the final day of the trip, the young man stood on deck in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty, nibbling on the last of his bread and cheese as the ship approached New York Harbor. The ship’s purser passed by and, seeing the young man by the railing, asked, “Have you enjoyed your trip, sir?” “Yes, very much.” “I notice that you are eating some old bread and cheese. Were the meals on board not to your liking?” “I don’t understand.” Did you find the dining room food objectionable?”
“Oh, no. I’ve been eating this bread and cheese all week because I couldn’t afford to eat in the dining room. I had only enough money to buy my ticket.” With a surprised look on his face, the purser said, “I am so sorry, sir! Didn’t you realize that the price of your ticket paid for everything, not only your berth but all your meals as well?” This young immigrant had all the resources of the ship available to him but he did not know it. He felt he had to content himself with the meager food he had brought with him. His bread and cheese nourished him during the trip, but he could have enjoyed so much more.
The devil is the accuser, and he often uses other people to propagate his alias identities over us. My first stepfather used to call me a “stupid ass” all the time. This resulted in me always feeling dumb, which really hindered my ability to learn. The name became a mental block, which manifested as a difficulty with reading. When I finished high school I only read at a third grade level.
I have met many women who were called “whores” by their fathers, then struggled with immorality their entire lives. Names can be prophetic
declarations that define a person’s identity. Because people act according to who they believe they are, these lies are ultimately acted out in their behavior.
We respond to our environment according to the way we see ourselves. Words spoken to us become names that we carry in our hearts. These
names paint a portrait of us in our imagination and become the lenses through which we view our world. Sticks and stones are breaking our bones, but names are taking away our future!