ODJ: disappointments

October 7, 2013 

READ: Romans 5:1-5 

This hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with His love (v.5).

Ian Usher was so disappointed with his life that he decided to auction it on eBay. He wanted to rid himself of all the memories he shared with his ex-wife. The Australian said, “On the day [all my possessions] are sold, I intend to walk out of my front door with my wallet in one pocket and my passport in the other and nothing else at all.” His plans included a short visit to his mother before heading to the airport to figure out a new place to call home. “I’ll see where life takes me from there. It’s time to shed the old and in with the new.” A novel approach, but definitely not the way Paul told the Roman Christians to handle life’s disappointments.

The apostle encouraged the believers to remember that Jesus’ death gave them peace with God and a new life in Him (Romans 5:1). This peace would empower them to rejoice in—not run from—life’s disappointments (v.3). Sufferings of all kinds would produce endurance—the ability to persevere through difficulties without running away. Endurance, Paul said, would develop, deepen and prove their character (v.4). A deepened and proven character would produce confidence that God would be with them in any disappointment. This confidence in God wouldn’t disappoint, for His love would be poured into the believers’ hearts by the Holy Spirit (v.5). God’s love provided the assurance that their confidence in Him was justified.

Instead of running from our challenges, we can rejoice as we endure them, knowing that they’ll help develop a deeper and proven character within us. And that makes for greater confidence in God as we face present and future disappointments. —Marvin Williams

Read 1 Samuel 30:3-6 and see how David endured disappointment and distress. 
The last time you experienced disappointment, what was your initial response? When challenges come your way, what are some practical things you can do to express confidence in God? 
4 replies
  1. Joanna
    Joanna says:

    When challenges come my way, I will bring my case before God and talk to Him about it; expressing my disappointments and pray that I will be able to endure it which will mould my character. I will fix my eyes on all that is good in the midst of that disappointment.

  2. min xiong
    min xiong says:

    May our LORD GOD protect,help us to have the power to overcome difficulties,problem,fear,discourage,pray in the name of JESUS,LORD OF lords,GOD of gods,KING of kings.Almighty high,we give thanks,glory,power,grace,to YOU,forgive our sins,amen.

  3. min xiong
    min xiong says:

    Thank GOD,inform staff work place client’s officer abuse me with bad remarks,vulgar words.Since have stop work at the place.GOD BLESS

  4. min xiong
    min xiong says:

    Thank GOD,thinking to help working colleagues turn to Christ,pray in the name Lord JESUS,need to work with ,walk with God,plus God’s guildian,power,help,to success,pardon my sin,also pray to forgive others offend us,amen

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