We all have unmet desires or expectations, of not being ministered to by our wants. These let-downs are a part of life to keep us humble and sort out our allegiance. Do we follow Jesus for what we can get or is there a higher motive of love for the salvation we have received? One of the main areas to guard is our reaction – of not allowing bitterness or resentment to take root when our desires do not eventuate as we thought they should. Yield your rights and let the flesh die, and, although there can be a period of grieving, be aware of self-pity. If it was a failure on your part, get up and have another try.

Being disappointed and disillusioned about some failed spiritual expectation is often the cause for backsliding. Don’t let these experiences

  What is my reaction when disappointed?

turn you from your devotion to God, but rather use them to drive you closer to “the source of all comfort”, telling Him how you really feel and giving the problem to Him, determined to follow Him regardless of what happens (Job 13:15; 2 Cor 1:3,4; 1 Pet 5:7).

“Hope doesn’t disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given us” (Rom 5:5). Other people will let us down and we will suffer emotional hurt but He binds up the broken hearted if we give Him the pieces (Isa 61:1).

See also: backsliding, broken hearted, discouragement, disillusioned, dreams (shattered), frustration,, give up, hurts, not being minister to, reaction, self-pity.   


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