October 24, 2012

Dealing With Disappointment

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today- October 24, 2012

“Then you will know that I am the LORD; those who hope in me will not be disappointed.” Isaiah 49:23

Everyone deals with disappointment—some more than others. These let downs vary in scope: another year of no raises at work, a friend’s forgetfulness, a lost opportunity, a teenager’s poor choices, a missed deadline, a relative’s financial woes, a boss’s oversight, an injured body or unexpected dental work. In this world troubles abound, but in Christ His peace is profound. Yes, disappointment is a fact that forces us to make appointments with Jesus. He doesn’t disappoint.

Moreover, disappointments left unattended lead to disobedience. The hole in our heart is meant to grow our dependency on God. He brings wholeness and holiness to a lacerated soul. The Lord heals hurt feelings when we offer forgiveness. Yes, disappointment feeds selfishness when we don’t get our way. So be wise, if your frustration replaces your faith you can lose patience and respect. Allow your trust in Jesus to trump testy relationships. Adjust your expectations to His concerns.

“My soul, wait silently for God alone,
For my expectation is from Him.” Psalm 62:5, NKJV

Appointments with God help us to deal with disappointment. He gives us rest when we are restless. He gives us calm when there is calamity. He gives us peace when there is chaos. He gives us trust when there is distrust. But how do we respond to those who disappoint us? We see them as our Heavenly Father sees them—sheep in need of a shepherd. Friends falter, so will we judge them from a distance or love them up close and personal? Disappointment is cause to care.

What is your greatest disappointment? Is it you? Have you appropriated God’s forgiveness and have you forgiven yourself in Christ? Regret is like a large rock on your chest—it is a burden you are not meant to bear. By God’s grace open up to a trusted friend about your past embarrassments—even shameful behavior. Let another’s love cover your disappointment in yourself like a warm blanket on an exposed body. By faith, accept your Savior’s acceptance.

“Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” Galatians 6:2

Prayer: Heavenly Father, take my disappointments and grow my love and obedience to You.

Related Readings: Job 6:20; Psalm 5:3, 22:5; John 6:60-71; 2 Corinthians 8:5; James 1:6-8

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Comments

  1. Diane Perry says:

    Thank you for words of encourgement.

  2. Diane Perry says:

    Thank you for words of encourgement.

  3. IDaline Meralus says:

    God have take away all my shame 2000 years ago it is only my enemies that remind me of them. But still the reproach of my past have been role away according to Joshua 5:9 . God is my only source not men.

  4. John says:

    Before being saved, I used to believe that by lowering my expectations of others and myself, I could avoid disappointment. I learned it doesn’t work that way, especially ridding disappointment in myself. Truth is what I was then missing was I was not placing my expectations on God. I finally understood that by asking for His Holy Spirit to be with in me, and by understanding His expectations of me through following our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, His grace and love rids us of disappointment. Thanks for the (always) great devotionals! God bless, John

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