The Empty Feeling of Disappointment

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Hosea 2:7 “And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now.”

Have you ever looked forward to something so much and then when you finally did it that you were greatly disappointed and left with an empty feeling? That is exactly how Hosea’s wife felt when she sought her lovers, and they never gave her the happiness for which she was seeking. She thought that she could leave her husband for other men and resolve her problems, but she found out that Hosea was not her problem, but that she was her own problem. She found out that what her lovers promised her never came to reality. The emptiness this woman felt because the promises of sin were nothing but mere lies left her disappointed and returning to her husband.

You better get used to the empty feeling of disappointment if you ever choose to follow the path of sin and compromise. Sin promises everything but delivers nothing. Sin says it will make you happy, but it leaves you in tatters wishing you could go back to where you used to be. Sin’s season may initially be pleasurable, but its harvest is emptiness, disappointment, and heartache.

David figured out that sin did not give the feeling he sought when he lived out the rest of his life reaping the harvest of heartache for one night of pleasure. Samson learned the empty feeling of disappointment that sin gives when he found himself grinding in prison alone and without his eyesight. Jonah found out that doing his own thing didn't give him the satisfaction for which he wanted as he slept in the belly of the whale for three nights. The prodigal son found out that the ecstasy and joy he sought in sin is never found as he looked at the slop that the hogs ate. Nobody has ever found joy, happiness, and a life of satisfaction at the end of sin’s pathway.

However, compare the verse above to Matthew 7:7. The verse above says that Hosea’s wife sought for her lovers of sin, but she didn't find them. Matthew 7:7 says, “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” Jeremiah 29:13 says, “And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.” The answer to getting the joy and happiness for what you are seeking is always found in a life of righteousness and service to God. The difference between the world’s promise of pleasure in life and God’s promise to find Him is that sin’s pleasure is temporary and God’s presence that you find through a life of service and righteousness is satisfying and brings happiness. God’s call to walk with Him in His presence is never predicated by immediate joy and happiness, but you will find that joy and happiness are a result of walking with God.

My friend, you will never be disappointed or empty when you walk with God and serve Him. Instead, you will find fulfillment and joy is found in the presence of the LORD. Stop listening to the lies of sin’s promises. All you have to do is look at those who listened to sin and see where it brought them. Your answer for joy in life is through seeking God. Psalm 16:11 promises, “Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.” You can trust God’s promise of pleasures for evermore; don't let sin tell you otherwise.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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