Dealing with disappointment

From time to time we all find ourselves disappointed. Sometimes we feel other people have let us down, sometimes we disappoint ourselves in the way we react or behave and sometimes we feel God has disappointed us. Today I want to address when we feel God has disappointed us.

Our natural self likes to walk in security. We want to know what is coming down the road, we want to believe that nothing unpleasant will touch our life because we are not “bad” people and therefore good “karma” should be coming our way.  When we give our lives to Christ and begin to study the Bible, we see that God does not shield us from all unpleasantness in life, He does however walk through it with us and if we lean on Him, He will even give us  joy as we do. Not because we are “happy” about our circumstances, but because He reveals Himself to us all the more as we go through it.

As followers of Christ, when we find ourselves struggling with disappointment we need to remember that there is NOTHING that touches our life that is too big or too difficult for us to endure. Having lost our son Daniel, there was a time I didn’t think I would ever be able to have joy again. I grieved for some time before I began to feel joy again but joy did come! God has designed us so that if we yield our disappointments and hurts to Him and DO NOT allow them as an excuse to grow bitter and resentful, He will allow them to better equip us for future service.

If you are going through a time of disappointment right now, do not allow yourself to become bitter and angry. Instead lay that disappointment at the feet of Jesus (and don’t pick it back up again!). Ask God to give you vision for the future. He never gives us more than we can bear and will  have a way of escape. Perhaps a new direction to head in.

I know first hand that in times past,when things would not go the way I had hoped, planned for etc. I would stew about it for days and sometimes months but I am learning that when we love and follow the lover of our soul that His ways are far above our ways. His plan for our life is motivated and orchestrated by love and He will never give us more than we can bear. We may not understand why certain disappointments have come into our lives but if we are followers of Christ, we can be take comfort from the Word of God.

Romans 8:28 NIV  28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

 Matthew 10:29-31 NIV29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.30 And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

Matthew 11:28-30 NIV 11″Come to me all you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest. 29Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Finally, one of my favorite verses…   2 Corinthians 12:9 NIV 12 But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power my rest on me.”

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