By Dr. Foster H. Shannon
One of the multitude said to him,
“Teacher, bid my brother divide the inheritance with me.”
And [Jesus] said to them:
“Take heed, and beware of all covetousness; for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”(Luke 12:13-15)
We have been told by many commentators that the reason for the successes of Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders, in the current political campaign, is that a majority of people in the United States are dissatisfied; they are fed up with what they see, and want something new. What does it mean to be dissatisfied? Is it the opposite of satisfaction?
Dissatisfaction is indicative of unhappiness. We do not like what is happening to us. We do not like the way things are going. It may result from some failure on our part. We are disappointed with what has happened to us. We are dissatisfied with our own behavior. Why are there many divorces in the United States? Dissatisfaction surely results from unhappiness in the marriage with one or both partners.
Dissatisfaction can be the result of unreasonable hopes or desires. Hope for riches to fall into your lap. Expectation that your wife or children will be absolutely perfect. Children with unreasonable expectations of their parents. If we understand what is the cause of our unhappiness, we have a key to the solution of the problem. We can assess what we need to do to solve the problem.
The scriptures are filled with good news. Jesus came to bring good news. God desires our happiness and our well being. If we believe in Jesus and in the Bible, we should be encouraged. I believe that everyone of us encounter disappointments, illness, and heart ache. Yet, we are not to feel that we are on a sinking ship! We are created in the image of God: So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27) It is obvious that from the beginning, God’s purpose was for us to be good people. It is the atrocious sins of the human race that have brought on suffering and evil. God seeks to rescue us from disobedience and evil.
“I am the door, If any one enters by me he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture.” (John 10:9) I came that they might have life, and that they may have it abundantly.” (John 10:10)
So, what do we do with our disappointments?
#1 We need to honestly recognize desires that are out of our reach, and will not happen.
#2 Are we disappointed due to our failure? We need to recognize the cause and/or we need to find someone to help us.
#3 If we are bored, we need to find things that we should be doing; that we can enjoy doing; that are helpful and useful for ourselves or others.
#4 We need to share all of our concerns with God, and ask him for guidance and direction.
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.” (I Peter 5:7) “Through him we have obtained access to this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in our hope of sharing the glory of God.” (Romans 5:2)