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Response To Facing Disappointment

For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good, and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Jeremiah 29:11
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! 2 Corinthians 4:17

In our day to day lives there will be many opportunities to encounter disappointment. Our spouses, children, bosses, co-workers, teachers, and principles, the guy that cut us off on the free-way, the car that does not start, the promotion that does not come, the business deal that fell through, a gift we didn't want, a gift we couldn't find, the fish we couldn't catch, can all lead to various degrees of disappointment

Feelings of disappointment can come from anywhere, anything, and anybody. Often our response is to lash out in anger. We wonder how we can be treated this way. We try to live a good life, are considerate of others, work hard and do not do anything that should lead to unjust treatment. Sometimes we become frustrated that our efforts have not panned out the way we meant. We can become depressed, and look for someone to blame for our disappointment.

Dr. Charles Stanley has given us 8 responses to disappointment:

I do not believe that God would put something in our life to devastate us. Bad things do, can, and will continue to happen. Know that God is with us. He said, "I will never leave you or forsake you."

Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying. Romans 12:12


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