We have all had our share of disappointment. Often it travels deep within us and far reaching. Disappointment is an emotional and relational experience when expectations regarding a person or circumstance fail to meet what we had anticipated.
Jesus revealed this sense in the upper room with His disciples. John records a discussion, “Philip said to Him, “Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.” Jesus said to him, Have I been so long with you, and yet you have not come to know Me, Philip?” (John 14:8-9a)
The Lord had an expectation that Philip would know and understand the meaning of Jesus presence and His unique relationship to the Father. When we are disappointed a few things happen. First, we start to doubt and ask ourselves questions like, “Were my plans too large or my hopes too high?” “Wasn’t I supposed to be in a different place in life?” Expectations and anticipation regarding our health, finances, occupation, and relationships can dwindle. Disappointment comes when relationships falter and plans come to a halt.
We can go to the Bible as our source of clarity and strength. Scripture and faith come into play as we look to Proverbs 3:5-6. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your paths straight.” Paul goes on to writes in Romans 8:28, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God and called according to His purpose.” The encouragement is to look from God’s perspective and guidance as we develop expectations and possibilities of disappointment as we encounter life’s experience.
Bless all as we walk thru this life in Jesus together.