We have all been here at one time or another, and have probably had the question enter our minds, “What do I do when the breakthrough I’m expecting isn’t happening?”
Disappointment comes quickly in life sometimes, so we need to know how to handle it well.
We can see that when John the Baptist was in prison (Mat 11), we get a hint that he was in this place. He sent his disciples to ask Jesus if He was the one to come, or should they look for another. Not being set free from prison was causing him not only disappointment, but he’d already moved into doubt about who Jesus was.
We can easily end up feeling this way if we don’t handle well the times we aren’t seeing a breakthrough.
Jesus told John’s disciples to go tell him all that Jesus was doing. Jesus redirected John’s attention from focusing on what wasn’t happening to what He was doing and to what He has done. By redirecting John’s attention off of the problems, Jesus was protecting him from what can comes next.
Jesus finished with, “Blessed is he who is not offended because of me.”
Sometimes we can easily get frustrated with God when we don't see our breakthrough. If we don’t navigate disappointment well, we can move into doubt, then into offense with God.
Paying attention to what God is doing is the key to not going there. It is like that saying,
" Count your blessing, see what God has done."
While we are expecting a breakthrough and aren’t seeing it, we need to make sure we are seeing the other things God is doing in our lives. We need to make sure not seeing a certain breakthrough doesn’t consume our attention.
If you are in this place right now, feeling disappointed, or even doubting, maybe even offended; I’d challenge you to begin to look for what God is doing, and what He has done. It will reverse your direction in a moment. It reminds you He is present, He cares, He is working in your life. It reminds you who He is.