Disappointments are good for us

The car mechanic just told you it would take $500 to repair your car. Money you don’t have. You just found out the job you interviewed for last week was given to a younger person. Your doctor calls to say you are not pregnant when you were so sure you were after waiting so long. From a very young age, when the boy down the street has nothing better to do than bully you, we learn that life is full of disappointments. The sad truth is that disappointments never leave us until our last day on earth.
Other names for disappointments are trials or tribulations. Have you every truly wondered what their purpose is? Why would a loving heavenly Father allow His children to be battered with so many upheavals in life? Haven’t you asked yourself, at least once, where is God and why doesn’t He care enough to detour me from disappointment?
To be honest with you, He can’t do that. He knows how weak natured, stubborn and selfish we are, and He uses disappointments and trials to iron out those frailties in our character and nature. Romans 8:28, 29 gives me assurance God knows exactly what He’s doing. “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son…” These verses indicate God uses disappointment as a process of conforming us into the image of His Son, who is holy. He wants us to be like Jesus here on earth as much as we can. They are genuinely for our good and His glory.
I realize it’s difficult, in the midst of a trial, to believe God is in control, and He knows what is best for us. We may never know, this side of heaven, exactly how God chooses to use disappointments to make us more like Christ. It is for us to simply trust Him and His procedure and accept what His hand allows. This trusting of the process strengthens us spiritually.
Are you struggling today with equating disappointment with God’s love and care for you? If so, remember the old phrase, “Father knows best”, because He truly does.


4 thoughts on “Disappointments are good for us

  1. Yes, Marilyn, we all face terrible disappointments in this life; but then I try to gain God’s perspective. He’s the Ruler of the Heavens and the Universe, so large our infinite minds cannot comprehend; yet, He has taken the time to love us and send His Son to redeem us from ourselves.
    Our problems seem pretty petty when we consider the awesomeness of our God and that someday, we’ll share eternity with Him. Wow!

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