Growing In Faith
The Bible tells us that we should rejoice in our sufferings, but I would be lying if I said that's what I did every time I was disappointed. Most of the time I just want to crawl off and be alone, or I end up angry and resentful. Sometimes I even find myself arguing with God over what just happened. I question and ask Him, "why Lord?" So, how are we supposed to respond when faced with disappointment? There’s only one thing we can do: hope.
Sometimes disappointment can’t be overcome, only endured. In moments like that it’s important to remember that we have hope on our side. Hope in Christ’s love, hope in Christ's faithfulness, hope for better days to come, the hope to maybe even try again. It's hard to do, disappointments can leave you feeling weak and beaten down, but it can be done and takes faith and discipline, with Jesus' help. For me, God has been showing me something in my disappointing areas: They aren’t all due to my weakness. Sometimes God holds back success with the divine purpose of teaching us something. We don't see it while we're in the middle of the disappointment but God sees the big picture. Isaiah 55: 8-9 (ESV) says,
"My thoughts are nothing like your thoughts, says the Lord. And My ways are far beyond anything you could imagine. For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways and My thoughts higher than your thoughts."
It’s hard not to let the hurts and disappointments going on now blind us to the hope of tomorrow, but what if God wants to use our disappointment to bring in something bigger in your life? Could you allow yourself to think that your disappointments could actually be a gift in the making? It's so hard to think that when we are in the moment, all you feel is heaviness all around you and see nothing but unanswered prayers. It takes faith to look beyond our feelings and what we see in the present.
We have to get to a place where we can say, "Lord, thank You for working in my life, even in ways that look like failure." We need to ask Him to help us keep our eyes on Him and not our situation. We have to ask Him to help us trust Him more, especially when we face what looks like utter disappointment.
God is always up to something for our good. And that’s a much better way to look at disappointment. He's a big God and He knows exactly what He's doing. Remember what Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) says,
"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster to give you a future and a hope."