Joy For All Seasons

Devotional
Disappointment is that gut level feeling of just being sick over what might have been … what could have been … what should have been.

“We exult in our tribulations knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance, and perseverance, proven character, and proven character, hope. And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts through the Holy Spirit Who was given to us.” (Romans 5:3-5)

Hope does not disappoint.

Some of life’s holiest moments are experienced during times of unwanted and undeserved disappointment.

When you feel that your life has fallen apart … He meets you there.

When you mistakenly believe that you have been defeated one too many times … He is there. He is perpetually cheering you on.

“And we know that all things work together for the good to those who love Him and are the called according to His purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

I believe that Romans 8:28 means exactly what it says it means.

We serve a God so powerful that He is able to knit together the mangled mess of our hearts into something breathtakingly beautiful.

When we concentrate on simply and passionately loving Him … He is working behind the scenes of our lives to take every disappointment we encounter and work it to our advantage.

Although your heart may be hollow with the pain of aborted dreams and one downfall after another, hold on to hope.

Fan the flame of love for your Savior.

Rather than remaining in a place of penetrating disappointment, know that because of the power and love of God, nothing this side of heaven has the capacity to “dis”-appoint you.

You have been eternally and unflinchingly appointed for His purposes and His plans.
His appointment for your life trumps circumstantial “dis”-appointments.

“We exult in our tribulations … knowing that … hope does not disappoint.”

That word “exult” means, “to glory in whether with reason or without.”

Rather than weep and wrap yourself in the flimsy comforter of discouragement, glory in your disappointment!

You can glory in disappointment, because God is still on the throne of your life. He is still in control. You have not escaped His love. And … you are not “dis”-appointed.

He’s got this. He’s got you.

Joyful Thought to Ponder: How can disappointment be your finest hour?