10 Ways to Overcome Disappointments in Life
Written by Christi Given | July 16, 2018
During our life and in our faith walk, we may be tested or tried by trials or disappointments. Sometimes things don’t turn out the way we had hoped or planned. Sometimes we make mistakes, or we mess up relationships or people hurt us, and so on. Some of you may have to suddenly move because of family, or you may be going through heartbreak or maybe did a poor job on a test. Whatever you may be facing or will face inevitably, know that God is ALWAYS with you and is for you.
Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. (Psalm 27:10)
Maybe a close friend betrayed your trust. Maybe you’re facing an illness or you know someone who is sick. Possibly you lost someone dear to you, or you got an unexpected flat tire or car problems. God knows every detail of our lives and is aware of our shortcomings and disappointments.
I would define disappointment as a missed appointment. You can say it’s also dis-couraging, not en-couraging. The Bible says many times “he of good courage…” or “be strong and courageous…” (Joshua 1). God reminds us that we all need hope and boldness.
The Bible tells us when we face storms or trials, we are to trust God. We must rejoice, as the Lord says He can allow trials and triumphs. We may have seasons of abundance and waiting seasons. The good news is that whatever season of life we are in, we have the victory and all things work for our good (Romans 8).
It is important to remember that many disciples in the Bible struggled and waited on God, too (Matthew 7:24-27). Abraham and Sarah were disappointed because they had to wait decades to have a child. Man may forsake us, like Joseph’s brothers in the Bible, and even our own friends or parents, but God promises to never do that. God sent us the Holy Spirit as the great comforter and to always be present with us. We know that Christ is seated at the right hand of the Father and makes intercession for us. He is the mediator between us and God. We have access to the Father through the son, Yeshua Hamashiach, Jesus the Christ (the Messiah and Savior). Read John Chapter 3 in the Bible for further details.
We are taught in the Word of God that we can rejoice in trials and suffering, because when we suffer with Christ, or for goodness’ sake (righteousness), there is an eternal reward. Also, we know that suffering produces perseverance, hope and character. We want to be Christlike, whether on the mountaintop of life or in the valley of the shadow of death.
If we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us… (2 Timothy 2:12)
How do we overcome disappointment? Well, one way is to wear the full armor of God. Next is that we worship and praise God no matter what situation we face, and we remain thankful no matter what our circumstances are. When we are grateful and have the right attitude, like Job in the Bible, who lost his wife, children, and cattle—and we can say that the Lord gives and takes away, but “blessed be the name of the Lord”—we know we are in good standing with Jesus.
We need to have a proper, healthy and holy heart posture. We aren’t promised temporary blessings always on earth, but we ARE guaranteed a hope in heaven with our Father and savior in eternity. We must hold onto things loosely here because, PI Girls, to be REAL and realistic, people come and go, jobs come and go, houses come and go, and even loved ones pass on. We must have Jesus as the anchor for our soul. How do we make sure we stand on the rock of Jesus in life? We build our lives on His Holy Word.
They triumphed over him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death. (Revelation 12:11)
Remember we overcome the enemy by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony. Remember how far that you have come. Write it down and be grateful your soul has been saved. God gives you new life and chances every day. Speak life and do not wallow in despair. We need to quote scriptures and declare the Word out of our mouths.
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. (Isaiah 61:3)
10 Ways to Overcome Disappointment
1. Pray (ask God to help you).
2. Worship and praise God. Thank Him for all of your blessings no matter your issue or temporary circumstance.
3. Read God’s Holy Word. Keep putting on the full armor of God daily. (Read Ephesians 6 in the Bible.)
4. Declare your VICTORY out loud and know all things work together for your good!
5. Know God opens doors no man can shut. (Revelation 3/Isaiah 22:22).
6. Trust God. Sometimes it’s just a test.
7. Speak the Word and His promises. God’s Word is power.
8. Remember God’s goodness and how far He has taken you.
9. Believe it will work for God’s glory. Faith CAN move mountains and turn situations around.
10. Sometimes God has BETTER doors He will open for you, even if He closes another. The Door God closes, no man can open (Isaiah 22:22/ Revelation 3).
PI Girls, comment below if you need prayer or have any questions about this topic. We are praying for you to have victory over all setbacks and disappointments. God is FOR YOU and with you! We all need help, faith and HOPE, but God is faithful!