Throughout Scripture, many people of God vocalize disappointment. King David mourns his relationship with King Saul and later his relationship with his sons. Prophets grieved over the sins of Israel and Judah. Mary and Martha approached Jesus with their disappointment for his delay.
In my own life, I allowed the source of my disappointment to fester. I let my emotions well up inside me, trying to convince myself that everything was “fine.” In reality, I was emotionally fragile.
Evaluating the source of your disappointment is not an easy task. It takes vulnerability to God, yourself, and sometimes to others.
Here are a few questions to help begin your search:
- What are three words that describe my disappointment?
- Why did I choose those three words?
- How am I choosing to cope with (to deal with) my disappointment?
- Is my coping strategy helping me grow in my relationship with God?
In answering these questions, see if there is a sin that God reveals to you that has contributed to some of the disappointment in your life. Take some time to confess this sin to your Heavenly Father. He loves you and forgives you. He wants to restore you.
In seeking what is causing your frustration, next examine the circumstances around you. Is there anything or anyone who is contributing to how you are feeling? Ask God if there are any changes you can make in these circumstances or relationships.
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