Disappointment, the Test of Your Faith
Disappointment. It’s a cloud that suddenly separates you from the warmth of the Son. A chill overcomes you. You shudder. Drawing your arms tighter around yourself doesn’t help. You hurt. Yet it is not a physical pain. It’s hard to concentrate . . . to listen to what others are saying . . . because all you can think of is the disappointment that has intruded your world.
There can be all sorts of reasons for your disappointment, but one thing is for sure: You are disappointed because something has happened that was not according to your desire or not according to your plan. As I have already said, disappointment can come because of the behavior of someone else . . . because of a certain alteration in your circumstances . . . because your plans or desires have suddenly been thwarted . . . because something didn’t turn out the way you hoped or expected . . . because something you once had with another is gone.
How do you handle disappointment so that you are not overwhelmed . . . discouraged . . . demolished . . . demoralized? So that you don’t give up? So that you don’t walk away from life thinking, “Well, it’s all over now. I’ll never be the same. I’ll never have what I’ve wanted. I’ve missed it. It’s gone, and it’s gone forever”?
You handle it, my friend, by understanding that disappointment is God’s appointment. Disappointment is a trial of your faith . . . a test that proves the genuineness of your relationship with your God and His Word. Disappointment is something that, strange as it may seem, has been filtered through God’s sovereign fingers of love. He has allowed disappointment to slip through His fingers into your life, which He holds in the palm of His omnipotent hand (John 10:29). It is something that God has deemed necessary and of value in order to bring you to His goal—Christlikeness and fruitfulness.
This is why God had James pen the following words: “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing” (James 1:2-4).
Why don’t you memorize these verses, and then we’ll talk about them more tomorrow. As I’ve said before, a good way to memorize something is to read it aloud three times consecutively at three different times of the day. Try it!
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.