Disappointment is inevitable in a sin-cursed world. Disappointment is all around each of us in our own lives or in the lives of others. Why is this so? Why is there such a thing as a “sin-cursed world” and is the disappointment in it necessary?
We see how this all came to be as a result of Adam and Eve rebelling against God and sinned, there were consequences.
To the woman He said: “I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.”
Then to Adam He said, “Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, ‘You shall not eat of it’: “Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life. Both thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you, And you shall eat the herb of the field. In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.” (Genesis 3:16-19; NKJV).
And it is not just man and woman that is affected but creation in its entirety.
For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now. (Romans 8:19-22; NKJV).
Sorrow. Pain and Suffering. Sweat or Tears. Physical Death. These are the results of sin. These all certainly sound disappointing if you don’t understand the why of them. But in understanding the why we know that all of this is intended to drive us to God and His Son.
In doing so, we live today in the context of eternity and we understand that what is going on here is but a moment and the disappointment of this life does not measure up to the tremendous eternal rest and gain in Heaven.
But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” (Hebrews 11:16; NKJV)
God is in His country which is Heaven. Heaven is the country to which those who believe and obey the Gospel of Jesus go. We get to see His face! What we will not see is deception, lies, temptation, sin, suffering, or death. These things do not exist there!
In knowing this, we can then bring encouragement into the lives around us as they might be experiencing disappointment in this world. We can demonstrate the great hope we have in Jesus and in our expectant Heavenly home. We can live in such a way that clearly articulates “there is no disappointment in Heaven” and “I sure would like to help you get there”!
This will shine a light into someone’s life and if they let you help will lighten their load as they go.