Disappointment, Frustration, and Deception

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

“American Judas” is how some have referred to Benedict Arnold, a man who fulfilled the dictionary definition of a “Judas”: “A person treacherous enough to betray a friend; a traitor.”

Arnold gained this reputation after he betrayed his country during the American Revolution. However, many do not realize that, prior to this betrayal, Arnold had been perhaps America’s most accomplished soldier in that war. But, as the war continued, he became frustrated, feeling overlooked and taken for granted. His solution? To cut a deal with the British. Yet, after he defected, he found himself an outcast among his new friends and never received the rewards or credit he sought.

In many ways, Arnold’s actions remind us of Judas Iscariot. Judas was an important disciple who kept the money for Jesus, a man who had left everything to follow Jesus, and who had been empowered with the Holy Spirit and performed miracles.

Like Arnold, Judas faced disappointment. It seemed to him that his commitment to Jesus was futile. He might have felt frustrated and taken for granted, disagreeing with the direction of Jesus’ ministry. As a result, he negotiated a deal with Jesus’ enemies. Like Arnold, he discovered that he did not get what he was expecting. When he gave in to temptation, disappointment, and frustration, he lost everything.

In your life, you may experience discouragement. You may feel taken for granted and underappreciated. You may feel like giving up. Things may happen that you don’t understand. But don’t allow Satan to tempt you. Don’t give in to temporary emotions. Instead, renew your commitment to God’s Kingdom. Continue to follow Jesus. Stay faithful, and trust Him.