Disappointment is God’s opportunity!
Disappointment is the feeling of dissatisfaction that follows the failure of expectations or hopes! It’s certainly not a good feeling! When we are disappointed in career, family, or in life, or even in God, it can be a tough bite to swallow.
Paul wrote in Romans chapter five, Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
In the previous chapter of Romans Paul dealt with how we – sinful humans – are justified with a righteous and holy God. Paul boiled it down in verses 24 and 25 If we believe on Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead; who was delivered for our offences and was raised again for our justification. We are made right –we are justified - with God through faith in the death Burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. When we come to faith in Jesus Christ we have peace with God. We become His child and we are no longer at enmity with God –we have peace with God. It is like we signed a peace treaty with God and we are no longer at war with God, but now we are Allies with Him.
Then here is today’s point, Paul wrote we can glory in tribulations. When things are hard, when things are not going our way, when we are disappointed we can glory in it all, we can rejoice through it all. In the middle of all of our disappointment we can rejoice. When expectations are not met, we can rejoice. When our hopes are dashed and fall to the ground, we can rejoice. When life throws us a curve ball and we feel as if we have struck out, we can rejoice. For God’s opportunity is only disguised as our disappointment.
Paul wrote, tribulation works patience, patience works character and character hope and now hope does not disappoint. In our disappointment God is working to bring patience, character and hope in our lives – a hope that does not disappoint. We may be down and out. We may be disappointed and ready to throw in the towel. But what we may view as a setback, what we may view as a disappointment, God see as an opportunity. God sees our disappointment; God sees our failure as an opportunity to show Himself mighty in our lives. When we are weak He is strong. God is working everything together for our good. So we can rejoice in whatever life may throw our way. God is bigger than our problems. God is bigger than our disappointment. God will make a way where there is no way!
It’s not easy to rejoice in the midst of disappointment. It’s not easy to rejoice when life has beat us up and thrown us around. It’s not easy to rejoice when others have let us down. But if we have been born again, if we have been justified through the work of Jesus Christ, our present trials and tribulations and disappointments are nothing compared to what He has in store of us, and in that we can rejoice. Charles Swindoll once said, life is 10 percent what happens to us and 90 percent how we react. We must react with rejoicing!
So how do work through disappointment? Maybe we just need to try a different approach. Maybe we need to think outside the box. Maybe we just need to persist in our efforts. Maybe we need to talk with someone who has been where we are. Maybe we just need to take smaller steps to get to where we want to be. But through it all we can glory, we can rejoice, because He has poured out His Holy Spirit in our lives, and He gives us hope and hope does not disappointment. We need to take our eyes off of self and our circumstances and put our eyes on God for our disappointment is God’s opportunity.