In the previous article, we looked at the state of disappointment with God and its serious negative consequences on our lives. Here we will look at how to put an end to the disappointment with God.
Getting started to end the disappointment with God
First, it is of utmost importance to recognize the problem. This includes confessing if we have allowed the disappointment with life, people and circumstances to be transferred to God and to become a disappointment with God. If so, let us ask forgiveness from God for this. In this way, we put an end to the hidden enmity and division with God. From the position of peace with God, we can now recognize our wounds. We can acknowledge them as a source of disappointment and pursue healing. Under the guidance of God and His grace, we can identify the lies that we have accepted and believed, and reject them.
Let’s fix our concept of life
It is extremely important to give up once and for all the illusionary expectations of an easy, peaceful and trouble-free life. This is the idea that everything evolves according to our expectations and plans. A life in which we are saved from suffering, loss, and difficulty. Moreover, let’s not perceive this type of life as proof of God’s love and approval.
Let’s accept and reconcile with the fact that our faith will be inevitably tested. That our lives will not develop as planned, and that not all of our expectations will be fulfilled. The truth is, we will have sorrows, losses, disappointments, and difficulties. God does not promise us a life free of difficulties and suffering. Instead, He promises us the eternal and unshakable security of His presence and unfailing love. He promises us that He will carry us through life so that the fire of hardships will not harm us!
His promise is that with Him and in Him we have access to peace and joy in every life circumstance. Anyone who wants to live a righteous life in God will encounter hardship. So, let’s take the pink glasses off regarding the earthly life. However, we can keep them with regard to God!
Choose the truth about God
An important part of putting an end to the disappointment is the replacement of the lies with the truth. We need to recall and accept by faith the truth about God, revealed in Christ. When we reconcile with God by faith through the atoning sacrifice of Christ, we receive new life and nature through the Holy Spirit. Moreover, we get a new relationship status with the Father, which nothing can change.
In Christ God becomes our loving Father. It is He Who forever justifies and accepts us. He is slow to anger, long-suffering, abounding with love and mercy. He is our Comforter, Mentor, and Healer. The true and living God is good, does good, desires our good, and is the source of every good and every good gift in our lives. “Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)
If we wonder who God is and what His character is like, let’s look at Christ! „And how he went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with him.” (Acts 10:38)
Choose the truth about life
Life is unfair. The world we live in is still marked by sin and evil. From the beginning, God has a redemptive plan for a world free from all evil, pain, and sorrow. A world in which death has no place. This plan has been set in motion and is accomplished through the work and life of Christ. The anchor of our souls is God’s promise and the hope for “a new heaven and a new earth, where righteousness dwells”. (2 Peter 3:13)
Let’s not confuse life and the world with God. Life here may be unfair, but God is fair and just. He gives us the support and power of His constant presence and unfailing love in everything we may encounter. He gives us the most stable foundation and what we need most. Namely – peace of the soul and profound joy that are independent of circumstances, people or the development of life. “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
Choose the truth about God’s role in our life
Another important truth about God’s role in our life is that He not only preserves and sustains us in the difficulties of life but also manages to bring good for us out of hardships we encounter. Most often, this is a change of character and the development of eternal virtues. Also spiritual growth in the grace and closeness to God. The great trials are great opportunities for perfecting our faith and understanding the power and love of God in an incomparable, profound way. “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
And last but not least, let’s be strengthened in the truth, that we do not have always to be in control. We don’t have to be strong and to protect ourselves against anything that would hurt us. On the contrary, let’s acknowledge and embrace our weaknesses as a field of manifestation of God’s power and presence in our lives. “But he said to me: My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
Choose the truth about ourselves
In Christ, we are forever accepted, beloved children of God. God knows us completely and loves us with unconditional love. He knows all our weaknesses, thoughts, and reactions. God knows the words we speak before we have spoken. He knows every day from beginning to the end. We can forever rest in the truth that nothing can separate us from His love. He is on our side, for us, and with us to give us the best, starting and ending with Himself. “If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” (Romans 8:31-32)
Choose the truth about other people
How do we have to think about other people and what should be our attitude? The truth is that God loves all people and wants everyone to respond to His love and “to come to repentance.” (2 Peter 3:9). That is why God expects us to love our neighbor in practice and in reality. The word of God repeatedly instructs us not to harbour in our hearts malice, jealousy, unforgiveness and offense. But instead to treat others as He treats us.
And last but not least, when we are hurt and offended by the people around us, let’s forgive and be compassionate towards the mistakes of others. Let’s rest in the truth that if people do not always act faithfully to us, God is faithful. He is faithful to His character, His Word and His promises. God remains always faithful and worthy of our confidence. He is our best friend. “He is the Rock, His works are perfect, and all His ways are just. A faithful God Who does no wrong, upright and just is He.” (Deuteronomy 32:4)
Are there areas in your life that you feel disappointed with God? Which truths do you need to apply in these areas? You are welcome to share and comment!