To be disappointed requires having tried. There is no victory without the risk of defeat. If you are alive, you’ve been disappointed. Disappointment is a wickedly discouraging suffering we all must endure. If you’ve ever attempted to achieve anything in your life then you’ve suffered the harsh hand dealt you by disappointment. People disappoint us. Work disappoints us. It is a bitter pill to swallow. Do you remember your first big downfall? What was your first dud? Who was the first person to ever let you down?
“Blessed is he who expects nothing, for he shall never be disappointed.”-Alexander Pope
Disappointment leaves us busted and defeated. We feel like world class failures. Our discouragement leads us to pursue solitude. In our solitude, we may find ourselves being drawn closer to God.
In his story Brida, Brazilian author Paulo Coelho writes “When you find your path, you must not be afraid. You need to have sufficient courage to make mistakes. Disappointment, defeat, and despair are the tools God uses to show us the way.”
Disappointment causes us to look outside ourselves. It can draw us closer to God. God may use it to alter our course or simply to grow us in our recognition of our dependence on Him.
Sometimes, things just don’t work out the way we planned or anticipated. As believers, our response must be to look to God for hope and direction. He alone has all the answers. When you are disappointed, don’t wallow in it, lest bitterness take root. Simply seek guidance and move on, knowing that falling is usually preceded by standing and walking. You can’t fail if you don’t try. Nor can you taste victory. Don’t let your downfalls be stumbling blocks. Please let the Lord help our unbelief, so that one day we may delight in Him as He delights in us.

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