Surviving Disappointment (ESV)
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- Format: Folded Tract
- Paper: Gloss Text
- Size: 3.5 inches x 5.5 inches
- Pages: 4
- Version: ESV
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Many of us approach life’s situations and obstacles believing that our remedy must be correct, only to find out that we were wrong and now must face the consequences.
Have you ever been disappointed? Every time something must go according to our perception we set ourselves up for disappointment. We must allow God to have His way.
Have you ever taken matters into your own hands? We are often obsessed with having to make things happen or wanting things to happen our way. When God is taking too long we choose our own plan and it leads to disaster.
How should we approach potential disappointment? We must leave room for human error and God’s plan. In the Bible, when King Nebuchadnezzar threatened to throw the three Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace for not worshipping his golden image; they responded by saying that their God would deliver them. But if their God chose not to deliver them they still would not worship the idol (Daniel 3:13-18). Their love for God was not determined by God meeting their expectations. They were determined to live by God’s expectations.
What is the consequence of disappointment? Disappointment weakens our faith. We often base our faith on specific actions and miracles God does on our behalf. Our faith must be based on the character of God and the word of God. God is all knowing and will work everything out for our good, even things we do not understand.
What is the remedy for disappointment? When we find ourselves disheartened we must reflect on all God has done. Every day is bursting with promise and reasons to be thankful. Disappointments are a doorway to new understandings, personal revelations, and the best time to seek the face of God.
Thank you for walking with me through my disappointments. Give me the strength to depend on you.
WHAT IF OUR TRUST IN GOD OUTWEIGHED OUR DISAPPOINTMENTS?
If we truly trust in God, our desires become secondary to His will:
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
We must trust Him enough to give Him our worries:
Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7
Only God can offer true peace in a world rocked with disappointment. Trust him:
Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.