Dealing With Disappointments

We all experience disappointments at some point in life for different reasons. Maybe you didn’t get the job you wanted. Somebody you love let you down. Whatever the circumstances, it didn’t turn out how you expected, and now you’re disappointed.

Disappointment comes in all sizes, doesn’t it? Any time our hopes are not realized or our expectations or desires are not fulfilled, we feel disappointed. Disappointment can be a passing emotion over a temporary loss, or it may strike powerfully when something permanently changes our lives. A major disappointment can remain within us all the time, shadowing our reactions to everything.  

We will all face disappointment many times in our life. We were never promised everything we want or an easy life. We live in a broken world and that is not possible. In fact, Psalms tells us “the righteous person may have many troubles” (Psalm 34:19).

However, you can rest assured that even though you didn’t get what you wanted, God is with you and will never forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6). In fact, He will still use that disappointing situation for your good (Romans 8:28).

Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.”

A Prayer for the Disappointed Heart

Dear Lord,

I come before you with a heart weighed down by disappointments. Life hasn’t turned out like I expected. I feel let down, like I’ve been failed in some way. I don’t know what to do with these disappointments. Part of me wants to complain, part of me wants to give up in despair, and part of me wonders, Why do I even bother?

Even so, Lord, I am choosing to believe Your word.  I believe that You do not withhold any good thing from me, and I am going to trust that, even though I do not understand why this is happening, You have a good plan for me and this situation. I am going to believe that You are working in my life, and that in the end, You will make all things beautiful. Lord, I am putting my faith in Your loving kindness, and I am trusting that You are a shield to me.

In the meantime, strengthen me and help me to endure.  Lord, I believe; help me in my unbelief.

I submit my will to Your will, knowing that as I do so, Your will is always better than mine.  I am going to trust Your word when it says that as I trust You, You will do things beyond anything that I could hope and dream.

Please help me, Lord, during this time of disappointment.

Scripture Reading:

Psalm 28:7
Psalm 91:4
Psalm 34:8
Mark 9:24
Romans 8:37-39
Ephesians 3:20

Stay Blessed!

Published by Dr. A. Francine Green

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