The cure for discontentment, discouragement, and disappointment

The problem of evil

There comes a time in our lives when we experience what has been called “disappointment with God.” I think in some ways and on some level, we all experience disappointment and discontentment in our lives.[1]

It is part of our Adamic emptiness. We were born incomplete, always lacking something, never able to be satisfied. This is what makes contentment so elusive, but yet so cherished.

We’re all looking for something to fill the void in our lives. This is also what makes Christ such a prize. He is the solution to the emptiness in our souls and the seemingly insatiable pursuit we are compelled to join.

Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ. – Philippians 3:8 (ESV)

Wholeness comes from the LORD (Colossians 1:28), but it is a process to understand, attain, and enjoy this kind of completeness. We are not born sanctified and by implication this means there is an internal struggle in our souls.

Our solution is to find regular communion with something outside of ourselves in order to be saved from ourselves. Before we found Christ we got our fixes from many different things. Like a bee flitting from one flower to the next, we could not be satisfied.

Then we found Christ or more accurately, Christ found us. Nevertheless, our days of flitting around, searching for the next best buzz was over. The curse was reversed and wholeness was gained through Christ alone.

He is the cessation of our disappointments. He is the end of our sorrow. He is the solution for everything which is wrong with us. He is the only One who is worthy of our adoration.

“Worthy are you, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
and by your will they existed and were created.”
- Revelation 4:11 (ESV)

The response to evil

Though Christ is the answer, it is still hard for some people

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  1. [1] These are my sermon notes from a message preached at my church. I put them in a narrative format so you can apply personally as well as to serve others. You can listen to the sermon by clicking here and looking for the sermon preached on 03.24.13.
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About Rick Thomas

Rick has been training in the Upstate of South Carolina since 1997. After several years as a counselor and pastor he founded and launched his own training organization in order to encourage and equip people for more effective living. In the early ’90’s he earned a BA in Theology. Later he earned a BS in Education. In 1993 he was ordained into Christian ministry and in 2000 he graduated with a MA in Counseling. In 2006 he was recognized as a Fellow with ACBC. Today his organization reaches people in every country through consulting, training, blogging, and coaching.
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