Has anyone had a disappointment this week? Probably if we were honest with ourselves, we all would have to say, “Yes.” But how did you handle it? That’s the big question. Did it devastate you or did you work through it? I’m no different from anyone else, but let me share something I learned a long time ago. If you take the word disappointments and change the “dis” to “His” you have “His appointments” (referring, of course, to God). That alone makes a world of difference. It makes us realize that God’s hand is in all our disappointments. He has allowed them to happen for a reason.
So, what should we do when these disappointments hit us square in the face–scream, complain, pout, become angry or bitter, lose heart, blame God? These things will only make us feel worse.
Why not instead:
Ask God what He wants you to learn.
Trust God’s timing.
Trust God’s goodness.
Let God’s peace fill your heart.
Rest in God – don’t fret.
Don’t forget God loves you.
Don’t forget God is sovereign.
Remember God has a reason – “all things work together for good.”
Remember our hope is in God, not in things or circumstances.
If you think God is just “out to get you,” you may be right; but He is out to get you closer to Himself and to get you to be more like Himself. And He may use a disappointment to accomplish His plan for you.
“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. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son.” Romans 8:28,29
You have heard this before: “God is good all the time. All the time God is good.” Never forget that, especially during those disappointing moments.