Disappointment

by Dr. Mike Zachary

We live in a world that is filled with the manifold blessings of God, but because the consequences of sin, we also live in a world where we sometimes encounter disappointment.

Disappointment comes in all sizes. We can experience a minor disappointment when the grocery store is out of our favorite flavor of ice cream, or we can experience a major disappointment when our trust is broken by someone we love.

When we encounter disappointment, there is good news. David beautifully wrote, “For he knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust” (Psalm 103:14). And the writer of Hebrews reminded us that “We have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4:15).

What all this means is that God understands how we feel when we encounter disappointments. When we are disappointed, the devil tempts us to believe that we are alone and no one understands our feelings. But the truth of the Word of God is that we are not alone, and Someone really does understand the our feelings.

Further, it is wonderful to realize that our Lord Jesus Christ will never disappoint us. We do well to remember the words of C. W. Waggoner:

I have found no satisfaction in the fleeting joys of earth.

I have hewed me broken cisterns that have mocked me by their dearth.

All the springs my soul have tested failed to meet my deepest need.

Christ, alone, has met my longing. He has satisfied indeed!

Christ is not a disappointment! Every longing in my breast

Finds, in Him, complete fulfillment. He has brought me into rest.

I have tested Him and proved Him more than all I dreamed He’d be.

Christ is not a disappointment. He is all in all to me!
As God’s children, it is a great blessing to know that we can bring our disappointments to Jesus!

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