Combating Disappointment

How do you combat disappointment? How do you show your faith in God’s promises when all seems dark?

Your offense to counteract disappointment, to keep it from wounding you, is to give thanks and rejoice.

“Give thanks?! Rejoice!? How can I rejoice?!”

Are you shouting? I understand. It sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But what does the Scripture say? Let me take you to the Word—verses that may be familiar or not, but either way, they are truths that need to be appropriated, embraced in faith.

In 1 Thessalonians 5:16–18, God says, “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

No matter what happens, Beloved, no matter how disappointing something is, God wants us as His children to rejoice, pray, and give thanks. It is God’s will that we react this way.

“But how is this possible?”

It is possible because of who God is. You see, because God is who He is—the Sovereign Ruler of all the universe—and because He is what He is, He is able to cause ALL things to work together for good to those who love Him and who “are called according to His purpose. For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son” (Romans 8:28-29).

Your disappointment can become His appointment to make you more like Jesus.

“Even if I fail? Even if I sin?”

Yes, Beloved.

You cannot use this as an excuse to sin or fail, but when you do sin and you are truly His, you can know that God will teach you a lesson through it all in such a way that it will be used of Him to change you more into His likeness. Isn’t that what you just read in Romans 8:28-29? Look it up in your Bible so that you know where it is. Read it aloud. Let it penetrate deep into your being, my friend. As a matter of fact, if you don’t know these verses, you really need to memorize them. If you will read these verses aloud three times in a row, three times a day, they will soon be in your memory bank—verses that the Spirit of God can bring to your remembrance when you need them.

Now, what do you need to do in light of what you’ve read today? Do it, Beloved. And remember that without faith, it is impossible to please God. Those who come to Him must believe He is—He is God—and a rewarder of those who seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

Blessings . . .

This blog post is excerpted from the out-of-print 30-day devotional “How to Stand Firm Against the Five Deadly D’s” by Kay Arthur.

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