When You’re Disappointed

My soul is downcast within me;
therefore I will remember you

Psalm 42:6 NIV

Max Lucado says, “When God doesn’t do what we want its not easy; it never has been, and it never will be. Faith is the conviction that God knows more than us…and he’ll get us through. Disappointment is caused by unmet expectations…and it’s cured by revamped expectations…Don’t panic…don’t give up…be patient…God’s in control. It ain’t over till it’s over.” So, when you’re disappointed: (a) Look inward. David asked, “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?” (Ps 42:5 NLT). Admit how you feel. You can’t deal with what you don’t acknowledge. Ask God to show you the root of the problem. Is it pent-up anger? Envy? Unforgiveness? Pride? Lust? Physical and mental fatigue? Be open to what He reveals. (b) Look upward. David said, “I will…hope in God! I will praise him” (v. 5). Instead of focusing on your discouragement, focus on the One who knows the way out. (c) Remember God’s past faithfulness. David said, “I am…discouraged, but I will remember you.” Through every trial Joseph clung to the assurance that God still controlled his destiny. Recalling God’s faithfulness builds your confidence that He’ll continue to provide. (d) Remember, you don’t have to understand. Just because you can’t figure out what God’s doing right now, doesn’t mean it won’t make sense later. He “causes all things to work together for good to those who love [Him]” (Ro 8:28 NAS). (e) Don’t give in to bitterness. When your hopes are dashed, resentment can set in. “If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Ro 8:31 NKJV). Regardless of how deep the pit may seem, God is on your side!

via Jentezen Franklin Blog

hugs of encouragement, mb

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    I appreciate this post. We often have days where we ask ourselves, why isn’t it easier? Why is it that when we believe we are doing the work of God, it all seems to be such a struggle?

    The answer is partially in how we live our lives and how we live our faith. The key to the post above is the statement, “Ask God to show you the root of the problem.”

    To pose our question to God, we should do so in prayer. We should listen in prayer for the guidance as to what gifts and talents He has given us and for what purpose we use them to fulfill his will.

    I have a couple of posts, similar in thought, you may wish to see.

    Our Afflictions

    Our Purpose and the Works of God

    Many blessings,
    Prayer Soldier
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