Monday, January 30, 2012

What Do You Do With Disappointment?

*You thought you’d be married by the time you turned 30, but it didn’t happen.
*You thought you’d have a baby by now & you’re still waiting after 5 yrs. 
*You thought you’d be accepted into that school or program but you weren’t chosen. 
*You thought you’d get the promotion but instead you were laid off. 
*You thought you’d have a healthy baby but your child has multiple disabilities.

The list of things that can disappoint us are endless whether it’s a simple interruption to your daily routine, cancelled plans, or a life-altering accident that leaves you with a debilitating condition.  Disappointment is undeniably unavoidable.  The longer you live the more disappointments you’ll most likely face.  Unfortunately disappointment can easily turn into despair and depression.  Many times when I get disappointed I quickly fall into the “Woe is me” pit.  I throw myself a pity party.  In those times, I get so wrapped up in the temporal that I refuse to think about eternal things that truly matter.  By God’s grace I pry myself out of that depressing party a lot quicker than I used to.  There are several promises that I strive to turn to and meditate on when I’m disappointed. 

Here’s a list of 6 of them: 
*The Lord will fulfill His purpose for me! (Psalm 138:8)
*God will supply all that I need at all times in order to abound in every good work! (2 Cor.9:8)
*Nothing can separate me from Christ’s love! (Romans 8:35-39)
*Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing!  (Psalm 34:10)
*Nothing can hinder God's plans for me! (Job 42:2)
*For those who love God all things will work together for good! (Romans 8:28)

God’s Word is our only lifeline from drowning in the sea of disappointment.  God is always doing much more than we can think or imagine through each of our disappointments.  Every promise of God finds its Yes in Christ (2 Cor. 1:20)!  Those of us who have put our trust in Christ can claim all His promises as our own.  He will never leave nor forsake his blood-bought children (Hebrews 13:5; Eph. 1:7)!