Dealing with Disappointment


“Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food,
though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls,
yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.”

Habakkuk 3:1-18

 Something didn’t happen for me this past week. The situation seemed perfect, and I did everything right, but it still did not come to pass. I did ask God, “Why not?” because I can’t help but be disappointed. But I trust in the Lord. My prayer from the beginning was for God to close doors I’m not supposed to walk through. This door closed.

 When we are disappointed it is easy to assume God didn’t answer our prayer. We must remember that God does answer all prayer; sometimes that answer is “No.” Recall Romans 8:28: “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.” This verse tells us that God is working for our good. We just may not be able to see it at the time.

I talked to God about my disappointment, but I trust Him for something better. I can’t imagine something better than this particular situation, but God can. When we are disappointed, we must move on, and ask God for a new goal, His plan for our lives.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Isaiah 55:8-9

 Part of our disappointment is that we are an impatient people. Remember that God’s timing is best. I’m finding comfort in knowing this truth from Scripture.  Joseph experienced a great deal of disappointment. He must have been disappointed in his brothers for the way he was treated. Being accused of something he did not do must have been a big disappointment. Joseph must have wondered what was going on during the years he spent in prison.  In all phases of his life, Joseph continued to trust in the Lord. Eventually, God’s plan became clear.

“Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

Are you disappointed? Don’t be discouraged, for God has a plan.

Blessings on your day.



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7 thoughts on “Dealing with Disappointment

  1. your words are an encouragement for sure! Can you imagine what life would be like if were allowed to have everything we think we need or to go in directions that would hurt us? It would be like a car without a driver or a ship without a rudder….always moving…but really going no where. Good read!

  2. Thank you! This past year has been a tough one for me. Our women’s Sunday Bible class has been studying Psalms and Proverbs this summer. One of the things that jumped out at me as I read these familiar scriptures was David’s “buts” and “yets.” Like you he cried out to God and always adds something like, “but I will praise The Lord.” Your post reminded me of that. Thank you for seeing past disappointment to God’s heart of love for you. Blessings!

    • Carol, Thank you. Perhaps I should have added a few Psalms to my post. You are right about David. Like many Biblical characters he had a lot of disappointment to deal with. Blessings to you.


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