_______ April 28 ______
DON’T LET DISAPPOINTMENT LEAVE YOU IN DARKNESS
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. __Joshua 1:9__
Jesus and all the heavenly host looked with sympathy and love upon those who had with sweet expectation longed to see Him whom their souls love. Angels were hovering around them, to sustain them in the hour of their trial. Those who had neglected to receive the heavenly message were left in darkness, and God’s anger was kindled against them, because they would not receive the light which He had sent them from heaven.
Those faithful, disappointed ones, who could not understand why their Lord did not come, were not left in darkness. Again they were led to their Bibles to search the prophetic periods. The hand of the Lord was removed from the figures, and the mistake was explained. They saw that the prophetic periods reached to 1844, and that the same evidence which they had presented to show that the prophetic periods closed in 1843, proved that they would terminate in 1844.
Light from the Word of God shone upon their position, and they discovered a tarrying time—”Though it [the vision] tarry, wait for it.” In their love for Christ’s immediate coming, they had overlooked the tarrying of the vision, which was calculated to manifest the true waiting ones. Again they had a point of time. Yet I saw that many of them could not rise above their severe disappoint¬ment to possess that degree of zeal and energy which had marked their faith in 1843, (Early Writings, 236)
The great disappointment in 1844 was devastating to many Christians who never spiritually recovered. This is a lesson for all Christians. We will all experience disappointment if we are faithful to Christ. How we handle those disappointments may decide our eternal salvation. We as Christians need to control our disappointments, not let the disappointments control us.