In this series on encouraging words from God’s word, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about how to deal with life’s disappointments. Here are some excerpts:

Moses and The Israelites at Mara

“…[T]he incident we’re going to look at today involves a water problem. The Israelites had many water problems. First, they had too much water at the Red Sea! “How are we going to get across?” The next water problem was that they didn’t have any water, and they were looking for water. And then the third problem here was that they came to Marah where they found bitter water, and they weren’t able to drink it…”

“This morning you may feel that you’re living at Marah; and it’s bitter and distasteful, and your needs aren’t being met. It’s no fun at all. Maybe it’s a financial Marah that you’re confronted with. Maybe it’s an emotional or a physical Marah, and you’re having to deal with constant pain. Maybe it’s a spiritual Marah – “I feel all dried up inside.”

Let me tell you something — you didn’t miss God’s will. Marah is on the map. And God knows exactly where you are right now…

Our Disappointments are God’s Disappointments

“…You see, God will use that disappointment in your life if you will let Him teach you something from it. What is God’s solution to your bitterness? It is a tree. 1900 years ago, God took a tree on Mount Calvary, and Jesus hung on that Cross of wood…

“…Romans 10:11 (Good News Bible) says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” Why? Because our disappointments are His appointments. Others meant it for bad, but God means it for good. So, respond in the right way. Let Jesus heal that hurt, that problem, that bitterness, that disappointment that you received at Marah. Don’t throw in the towel…”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.


October 13, 1991

Exodus 15:22-27

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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