Training to see God in Disappointments

Sometimes we don’t always get what we want, when a relationship disintegrates, or a longed for job is offered to someone else – or when things just don’t work out, no matter how hard we try. When the odds are seemingly stacked against us it’s easy to become angry with God and blame him for our setbacks. After all, isn’t He in charge of everything?

The verse from Hebrews tells us that God is always by our side, no matter what we are going through. When our prayers go unanswered we turn to God in dismay as if He has let us down, but Proverbs 3:5 tells us ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding’.

Rather than focus on ourselves, we need to focus on God. God is love. He wants the best for us. He has a plan for our lives and often He will use our disappointments to strengthen our faith and deepen our trust in Him. We may not get that longed for job because God wants us to serve Him elsewhere. Perhaps the relationship that felt so right was a stumbling block between us and God.

As Paul reminds us in Romans 5:5, we always have God’s hope: ‘And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom he has given us’.

If you are in the midst of disappointment, remember God’s promise. God is unchanging. He will never leave us, nor forsake us.

Prayer Suggestion : Thank you Lord for being with me always. Help me to trust that you will never leave me and to live in the hope of your Holy Spirit. Let me lean on you and depend only on your eternal promise of love through Your son, Jesus Christ. Amen.