Pastor Eddie B. Woodard
DEALING WITH DISAPPOINTMENT
Psalms 42:5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.
When we experience disappointment, it’s because the expectations we had about something have gone unrealized.
We’ve put all our hope into an experience, event, or maybe even a person, and it didn’t go as planned. Have you been there?
Are you there now?
Some things disappoint us and only affect us for a few hours. Other disappointments break our hearts in a very deep way.
A relationship fails
You don’t get the job or promotion.
A loved one passes
Basically, we become disappointed when there’s a break what we want to happen and what actually happened.
Often, it’s disappointment that causes us to question God, because we wonder why our desires or hopes weren’t met.
Sometimes you may even feel that He has actually let you down.
We love to accept gifts or compliments, but who wants to accept disappointment?
Sometimes it feels better to sit in the misery of our disappointment than to address it and move past it.
Staying in this place somehow allows you to hold on to what you didn’t get and even daydream about what “could have been.”
But we can’t continue to replay our pain over and over if we want to move past whatever it is that’s left us discouraged and disappointed.
Accepting our disappointment doesn’t mean we approve of what or who disappointed us.
It simply means that we recognize that it happened, and we don’t try to pretend like it didn’t.
When you take this step, you are on your way toward finding true freedom from whatever is robbing your joy.
Realize today that Disappointment is a sadness.
And yes, even followers of Jesus experience disappointment and sadness.
But just because we do, doesn’t mean we’re immature Christians.
It doesn’t mean we don’t hope in Jesus, and it certainly doesn’t mean we’re weak.
It just means we hoped for a different result than the one we got.
So, what happened in your life? Did a situation occur that you weren’t expecting?
Did someone’s words wound you and you can’t seem to forget them? Does a dream of yours seem to die over and over again and you don’t know why? Once you can name your disappointment, write it down.
Please know one simple Truth from God’s Word today:
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
Even the disappointments. Don’t despise the Process.
Let your disappointment be a Stepping Stone, not a tombstone.
Allow them to take you higher and who knows but God if that disappointment was just another brick that is building a better you.
Be Blessed Pastor Eddie