There are times in this life when we are faced with great disappointment and how we handle that disappointment can be the difference between spiritual life or death. Sulking in that disappointment opens you up to receive all kinds of lies from the enemy that can pollute your mind towards self, your heart towards others, and your soul towards God. Satan will cause you to take the burden on yourself while putting the blame on others. He will use it to plant seeds of bitterness, depression, gossip, slander, selfishness, and the like. It will cause you to walk in the flesh and if not dealt with and removed, those seeds will take root and begin to manifest the fruits of the flesh mentioned in Galatians 5: 19-21.
The truth is that when disappointments come they are no ones fault but our own. Where did we put our faith? In man, in ourselves, or in God? In every situation, stop and ask yourself, “where is my trust?“. If it’s in a person you will be disappointed. If it is in yourself, you will be disappointed. If it’s in anything made by man, you will be disappointed. However, if it’s in God, you will never be disappointed. Impatient yes, but disappointed, no. If your faith is truly in Him and you wait on The Lord, trusting in His perfect will and timing, He will never let you down. No, not once.
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:28-31
God’s will is perfect, His plans are good, only He can search the hearts of men and know what is really there. When we put our trust in our own understanding or in the personas put forth by the people around us, no matter how convincing or even genuine they may be at the time, disappointment will surely come.
“The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it? I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins…” – Jeremiah 17:9-10
“Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
Strangers, loved ones, friends, family, even other christians, and ministers will all disappoint you at times. Remember that we were once an imperfect people, now preaching a perfect gospel, while trying to walk in perfect love and obedience but sadly, sometimes we loose focus, fall short, and must repent. Be willing to forgive others and examine where your trust lies, because as surely as you put more trust in a person then you have in God, He will allow you to see their flaws in order for you to understand you’re need for His flawlessness. You see, it’s the pain that makes us appreciate His perfect peace. It’s the loneliness that makes us appreciate His perfect love. It’s the disappointment that makes us appreciate His unfaltering faithfulness. In other words… It’s the imperfections of man that keeps us running back to the perfection of God.
“As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the Lord is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. For who is God save the Lord? or who is a rock save our God? It is God that girdeth me with strength, and maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet, and setteth me upon my high places. He teacheth my hands to war, so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms. Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.” – Psalms 18:30-35