I remember a number of years ago Paul and I faced a terrible disappointment in our lives and ministry. I can honestly say I have never experienced such a disappointing blow. Truth be told, I knew that I needed to handle the situation correctly or it could tarnish my soul and render me useless in the Hands of my God. So how do we work through disappointment and ensure our hearts stay right?
1. Remember God has a good plan for your life
When things don’t go according to your plans it can appear as if everything is out of control. However, you need to remind yourself of Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a hope and a future.” Jeremiah was writing this to God’s people who were taken captive into Babylon and one can only imagine their disappointment at being forced from their homeland to a strange and foreign place. They must have been devastated at losing everything! And yet, God reminds them that they are still in His Hands and His plans for them are good, even in this foreign land. I want to remind you today that despite the devastating disappointments you may feel, God is with you and His plan for your life is a good one. Trust Him, depend on Him and He will bring you through.
2. Remember all things work together for good
Sometimes it is difficult to see through the haze of disappointment. However, I want to encourage you that if you are a Christ follower then Romans 8:28 says,“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” The word “everything’ means precisely that. Even your disappointments and heartaches will turn to good if you allow God to work His plan in your life.
3. Remember worrying won’t help one iota
Worry will not make a difference to your situation it will only harm your soul and general well being. Phil 4: 6-7 says, 7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ.”
Disappointment can harm your soul. But if you determine to keep your heart right and to put your trust in God He will bring you through your disappointment into a bright new day. In my hour of deepest disappointment I cast myself on God in a way I had never done before. I believed Him and trusted Him to bring us through our season. It didn’t happen instantly. In fact, it took some months, but I can reflect today and see how God’s Hand was at work in every detail. I look back now and thank God that He saw us through and brought us into a wonderful new season. Keep focused. Let God comfort your heart in the midst of your disappointment. Guard your heart carefully through this process. And remember God has a good plan for your life. Live for Him and honor Him and He will direct your path.
I am and always will be,
Recklessly abandoned, ruthlessly committed and in relentless pursuit of Jesus,