Thoughts on Faith And Disappointment

Is part of walking by faith never feeling disappointed by God? That even if He doesn’t move today we don’t allow ourselves to become disappointed, but choose to continue to trust and patiently believe He will move in His perfect timing?  Can we truly say that it is possible to be disappointed by one Who is:

  • Absolutely perfect
  • Never changes, including unprone to being fickle, shiftless, or unfaithful (Hebrews 13:8)
  • All-knowing
  • All-powerful
  • The very standard and meaning of love
  • Able to do the impossible and is not hindered by time, space, circumstances, our expectations, or anything else.
  • The only one guaranteed to be worth waiting on
  • Desires the best for us

Why do I say we must continue to trust and patiently believe? Because not only is this what pleases and honors God but patience requires trust or it won’t work.  We will not patiently wait on those we don’t trust.  Why?  Because we don’t believe they will be faithful and worth waiting on.  In other words, we expect them to disappoint us.  But expecting God to disappoint us is dangerous.  It is essentially doubt and doubt is a sin.

When facing feelings of disappointment, we should choose not to dwell on these feelings lest they lead us astray.  We should run to God for comfort, surrender the feelings to God, and ask for the proper perspective.  Always remember, He is the God of hope. For further encouragement, please see my essay called “Hope Maketh Not Ashamed,” or more importantly, meditate on the following verses:  Romans 8:31-32 and 15:13; Ephesians 3:20; Hebrews 11:6.

 

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