Expectation plus reality oftentimes results in disappointment. If not addressed properly, it will result in negativity, pessimism, and bitterness. It may result in becoming critical of God because we will end up blaming Him for inaction or not being fair in our time of need.
Disappointment is unavoidable:
They cried to You and were delivered; they trusted in, leaned on, and confidently relied on You, and were not ashamed or confounded or disappointed (Psalm 22:5 AMPC). Here is what we know: all of us will experience disappointment. Everyone does. It’s unavoidable, but how we deal with it is the key. So often people look for comfort and material blessings, but God is more concerned with our character development.
Training is painful:
Disappointment is the feeling of being unhappy because something that we hoped for or expected did not happen, or because someone or something was not as good as we expected. We hate testing and spiritual exercise that strengthens our faith, makes us stronger. God has no use for untamed followers, so He chooses to train us at times through tough, even painful, experiences. We may never fully understand God and His ways, so we must learn to hang in there, no matter what. It’s the process we must learn to embrace in order to better handle disappointment and discouragement.
God is working:
God is always working to help us, make us better. Our responsibility is to believe that. So, when disappointment comes, and it will, let’s continue to seek God, have a better attitude through it — knowing God is for us, not against us. Let’s begin to ask ourselves, How can I grow through this? What can I learn?
It’s our choice. Choose wisely which attitude you will cling to.
Just a thought,
Published on Monday, February 3, 2020 @ 7:25 AM CDT
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