When Disappointment Hurts

Day 1 of 5 • This day’s reading


Day 1 - When Disappointment Hurts

I recently went through one of the most difficult and discouraging setbacks in ministry I have faced in a long time. It’s one of those that cuts to the heart of a long-held dream and so it doesn’t just emotionally hurt--it physically hurts.

I’ve been wrestling with God and turning over so many thoughts in my head. Did I get my call wrong? Did I miss something? Why is this happening? Do you see me, God? You may recognize these same questions and the many more that have raced through my mind. The whole experience has left me feeling confused and lost, wondering where to turn next.

What do we do when we face a discouraging blow to our dreams? Or perhaps receive heartbreaking news about someone we care about? How do we respond when hope grows dim and the darkness seems to overwhelm us?

Know that you are not alone in how you feel. God feels it with you. Know that there is hope. God has a great plan for you. And know that there is a promise. A promise from the Father.

My absolute favorite passage in the Bible is Hebrews 10:35-36 (NLT) and I’m always going back to it when discouragement sets in. This week, it’s a roadmap for you in your own disappointment, providing 4 guidelines on your path to hope. We’ll spend the next four days exploring this journey.