Debilitating Disappointment

Having plans, desires, and goals are good when we are operating in the will of God and not in the flesh, but what if what you have envisioned has yet to manifest? Disappointment after disappointment can take a mental and emotional toll on anyone. In the song “Haven’t Seen it Yet” Danny Gokey asks, “Have you been pouring out your heart for so many years…Have you been hoping that things would have changed by now?” We may not understand until much later if at all why a situation occurs, but we can trust and rest in the promise that God has a plan for us. (See Jeremiah 29:11.) No matter what disappointments we are struggling with we must not be discouraged and give in to feelings of defeat. If we have our focus on a problem or situation, we cannot focus on God or His Word which should be our foundation to live this life. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT). Our Heavenly Father does not want us to be disheartened when we desire marriage and a family but are in another year of singleness, received yet another rejection email from one of the many applied jobs, or when the doctor advises a follow-up test is needed when you were wanting a clear diagnosis. We absolutely cannot allow temporal circumstances to deter or slow us down from carrying out God’s purpose for us. So, as we are dealing with the things that weight heavy on us, let our minds take shelter in God’s sovereignty and our hearts receive comfort in knowing He is in complete control.

Father, when struggling to handle the disappointments in my life, help me not to give in to despair but instead trust in your sovereignty. Remind me that you have a purpose for me, and I cannot walk in it if I am debilitated by rejection, feelings of inadequacy, or when my plans do not work out. Help me to seek you first and to keep you at the center of my life so no matter what is going on all around me. I am always looking to you for clarity, direction, and peace. Thank you God, “You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.” (Psalms 119:114). Amen.

4 thoughts on “Debilitating Disappointment”

  1. Thanks be to God! This devtonal is seaking to me this morning! I have Ben down this path before as so may others have and I still continue to pray for things to change in my life in God’s time. That has been my problem for a long time. I have to allow God to be in control, not me. I am grateful that I was able to read this today – Thank you!

  2. Beautiful devotion and we do have to focus on the answer rather than the circumstances. When it’s in God’s will will, let’s live in expectation.


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